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The Importance of Humility in 12-Step Recovery

Pride and ego can get in the way of our ability to recover from addiction and alcoholism. We need to be honest, open-minded, and willing if we are to apply the principles of recovery to our lives. Without humility and the willingness to take direction from those who have successfully recovered, we will continue to live our lives based on self-will, which is what had exacerbated our addiction in the past.

Novelist and poet C.S. Lewis once said, “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” The purpose of recovery is to have a spiritual experience that allows us to change and no longer rely on drugs and alcohol for relief from our spiritual malady. Without leveling our pride and opening ourselves up to the notion that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity, we are unlikely to achieve a happy, joyous, and free life in sobriety. Conversely, when we finally admit that we are powerless over substances and are willing to accept the suggestions of others who have successfully recovered, we open ourselves up to possibility of complete recovery.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid.” Though seemingly religious, the concept is quite simple: we must recognize that we are not the most important being in the universe. The understanding that we are part of a bigger whole, and that we can develop a spiritual contact with something greater than ourselves, allows us to diminish the selfish and egotistical thoughts that have been exacerbating our addiction. We humble ourselves to the notion that perhaps we do not know what is best for us and everything around us. From that point, we are able to commence the spiritual growth necessary to live happily in sobriety.

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