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Humility is something we often hear about, but do not typically think of it as a trait that many have or want. Many feel that being humble will make you a doormat for others, but this is far from true. Humility means being assertive, yet respectful. Humility also means standing up for one’s rights while being aware of your own imperfections. While it may seem like humility is something for others, it is key to recovery. People who have substance abuse issues will need to develop at least a minimal level of humility or be faced with a barrier to progress. The rest of this article explores that aspect of recovery.
Recovery means many changes are about to occur in someone’s life and these changes require a certain sense of self to be effective. This includes standing up for one’s needs and wants and having the humility to ask for help and accept it when needed. The good news is if you are willing to do the work and learn to be humble. Then recovery can be successful and any issues that arise can be overcome. Addicts tend to suffer from low self-esteem and use arrogance as a defense mechanism. Until this defense is disabled and replaced with a sense of humility, then recovery may not happen. You can stay trapped in addiction.
Humility for those trying to stay in recovery means you are not afraid to ask questions and get new information. When in recovery, especially in the beginning, you may need to learn new skills, coping mechanisms, and much more. You may have questions about detox, about getting your life back in order, and about finding employment. The only way to get this information is to be humble enough to ask. In recovery you likely have resources in a counselor, psychologist, friends, and family. Ask if you have a question, they may have an answer or at least be able to point you in the right direction.
Being humble in recovery also means you are not afraid to admit you do not know everything. Know that you are not alone in any information you may need. No one can know everything and the person or people you reach out to may not know all the answers either, but keep asking. Someone will be able to help you find what you need or know where to look. Those who are humble will also be able to stand up for their own rights, not in anger, but respectfully so their needs can be met. Additionally, those who are humble are more likely to try to help others. This can bring about a new sense of strength for those in recovery.
So if you are in recovery, do not be afraid to be humble. If you are simply considering recovery, then humble yourself enough to admit a problem and seek help. Asking for help does not show weakness it shows strength in yourself and for a better life and future. So take that step and allow yourself to beat an addiction that has taken so much from your life.
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