RECOVERY IS HUMBLE
Humility is the opposite of ego.
Active addiction encourages the ego to inflate as we become closed off to continued learning and external input to incite change, as both of these things threaten the ability to continue to use. Humility reopens this door.
Humility allows us to acknowledge that we are not the ultimate authority. It makes room for constructive criticism and personal growth. Humility is the act of being humble; modestly accepting that we too have room for improvement. Humility is sought through the core concepts of recovery: Honesty, Openness, and Willingness to change.
Anytime that you think, “I’ve got this,” you don’t. Ego and humility cannot co-exist. Recovery is about long-term dedication to honest self-reflection, openness to acknowledge our own faults, and willingness to keep improving. Ego deflects our ability to remain self-aware and pulls us off course. Humility allows us to remain focused on ourselves: the only place that change is possible.
Behavior Modification through Thought Replacement
Learn to line out the differences between the ego thought gremlins of addiction and the humble you at the heart of your recovery. Identify egotistical thoughts and create humble thought replacements to combat them with.
RECOVERY requires you letting your guard down. No more pea-cocking, fronting, or walking around with a mask on. It’s scary at first, since you've developed your guard out of need in the past, but letting it down gives you room for amazing opportunities and renewed interpersonal connections.
Know Thyself; Love Thyself
Being proud of who you are is okay. Understanding how you have evolved is even better. Humility allows for you to appreciate yourself; it just doesn’t allow you to place yourself above others.
Skill of the Week: Be H.U.M.B.L.E.
Recovery IS Possible!
Meg Glidden, MS, NCC