Denial and dishonesty frequently stand in the way of substance abuse recovery. Active addiction teaches people to lie to themselves and others about the extent of their problems, saying things like “I can quit whenever I want” or “I don’t drink that much.” In many cases, this dishonesty is unintentional because drugs and alcohol can cloud people’s thoughts and beliefs. However, some people who struggle with substance abuse are dishonest in an effort to protect their addiction because they can’t imagine life without it.
Honesty, open-mindedness and a genuine willingness to change form the foundation of substance abuse recovery. They are the opposite of the secrecy, lies and mistrust that characterize active addiction.
Applying HOW to Addiction Recovery
Honesty: Step 1 of the 12 steps is about admitting that you have a problem and that your life has become unmanageable. Once you accept this as your truth, you can become more honest in other areas. As time goes on, honesty will begin to feel more natural to you, and you can start leaving the deceit behind.
Open-mindedness: In recovery, you will receive many suggestions and plenty of constructive criticism from your therapist, your sponsor and other members of your sober support network. Being open-minded and accepting this advice will allow you to move forward with confidence. Remember, these people mean well and want to see you succeed.
Willingness: Those who come into recovery dragging their feet or otherwise approaching the process with a bad attitude will have a much more challenging road ahead. A willingness to accept help and fully commit to the recovery lifestyle will help pave your way for more success.
Honesty, Open-Mindedness and Willingness Make a Difference
The path to addiction recovery isn’t always smooth and straight. Having the right mindset can make a significant difference when threats or challenges arise. As you strive to embrace the principles of honesty, open-mindedness and willingness, you’ll find your journey becoming more manageable.
While healing your body, mind and spirit from substance abuse isn’t easy, having a positive outlook can help you tremendously. Life is all about learning from mistakes, being more present in each moment and accepting that nobody has all the answers. While you grow into a healthier, substance-free life, you’ll discover new paths and opportunities you never thought possible when addiction was holding you back. Take advantage of these moments by choosing to be honest with yourself and others, being open-minded about your future and becoming willing to pursue a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.
Making Sober Living Part of Your Aftercare Plan
Leaving the structured environment of a recovery program and immediately resuming life in the “real world” can be jarring for people who have not planned their next steps. In some cases, the transition could leave you more susceptible to a relapse related to specific people or situations. Having a safe, substance-free place to go after your discharge from a qualified rehab facility can serve as a stepping stone. At Segue Recovery Support, we offer structured sober living where you can fully focus on your new life. Contact us today to learn more.