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Learning to Take Advice from Others

When we enter into recovery, it can be difficult to take suggestions from others. We were so used to trying to control every situation and ‘run the show’ ourselves that we may be uncomfortable listening to others. However, in a treatment setting we are often surrounded by staff who are experienced with addiction and know what works and what does not. They have seen, firsthand, what it takes to overcome addiction and can be a great source of information about how to break free from the chains of addiction.

Ego and pride are powerful, especially during addiction. We have built up so many walls to protect ourselves from others that the idea of taking suggestions seems entirely foreign. However, when we think back to our time in active addiction, how well did we do when we tried to run our lives without help? A large part of recovery is humbling ourselves. We humble ourselves to the notion that we suffer from a disease and, without help, it is too much for us. We also humble ourselves to the notion that perhaps others know what would be best for us because they have experienced it and have seen exactly what it takes to overcome and live happy, joyous, and free lives in sobriety.

There are only a few requirements to overcome addiction and alcoholism: honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. We open our minds to the fact that others could offer useful advice. According to David A. Garvin and Joshua D. Margolis, in a 2015 Harvard Business Review article entitled The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice, explain “Advice seekers must identify their blind spots, recognize when and how to ask for guidance, draw useful insights from the right people, and overcome an inevitable defensiveness about their own views.” In short, we must do our best to become aware of the fact that we don’t know the best way to achieve sobriety, but others might.

We have often tried a variety of things to control our drug use. Perhaps we tried to only drink or use on weekends, or we switched from liquor to beer, or set a date to quit in the near future. Inevitably, these measures failed. It may be time to look at the possibility that we have entirely lost control and need the help of others if we are to overcome addiction and alcoholism.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the courageous decision to seek help now and begin building a brighter future in sobriety. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together highly qualified behavior and addiction specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients heal from the damages of addiction and alcoholism. For more information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431