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The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

There are only three requirements that we need to effectively engage in our recovery: honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. Honesty in recovery does not only mean that we should be honest with others, but also that we should be honest with ourselves. Our time in active addiction was often full of lies, deceit, and self-deception. If we can open ourselves up to being honest with ourselves and others, we will find a sense of liberation and freedom that allow us to continue unfalteringly on our journey of recovery.

Being honest with ourselves about the nature of our drug use is often the first step toward recovery. We recognize that no matter how hard we try to get sober, we are entirely powerless without help. Conversely, maintaining dishonesty with ourselves can cause us to convince ourselves that we don’t need help and we will slip further into the dangerous cycle of addiction. The decision not to be honest with ourselves will ultimately lead to harm and regret. Dr. Cortney S. Warren, in her article The Truth of Self-Deception, explains, “At the core, we deceive ourselves because we don’t have enough psychological strength to admit the truth and deal with the consequences that will follow. Yet, understanding our self-deceptive nature is the most effective way to live a fulfilling life. For when we acknowledge who we really are, we have the opportunity to change.” We may fear seeking help because it could feel like a blow to our ego, but overcoming our self-deception opens us up to happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety.

The flip side of the coin is being honest with others. Jordan B. Peterson, in 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, explains, “If you betray yourself, if you say untrue things, if you act out a lie, you weaken your character. If you have a weak character, then adversity will mow you down when it appears, as it will, inevitably. You will hide, but there will be no place left to hide. And then you will find yourself doing terrible things.” Our lives in active addiction were often caught up in a web of lies that made us recede further into drug abuse. Recovery, however, allows us to strengthen our character, fulfill our potential, and grow at a personal and spiritual level. Our growth will always be stunted if we are carrying around the weight of the lies and self-deception that we have created.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431