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What is Humility and How Does it Fit in Addiction Recovery?


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A lot of emotions, factors, and histories go into addiction recovery. The reason why a person winds up in the addiction world varies – some people attempt to self-medicate painful feelings, while others may develop an addiction from sheer experimentation or environmental factors, such as longstanding substance abuse among friends and/or family. One perspective, often held by leaders in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), is that individuals develop a sense of humility in recovery – rather, they lose their “inflated” sense of self, and place their hopes, dreams, fears, and will on a Higher Power – thus rendering all sense of control over their own lives. This perspective is something that you can take upon yourself if you so choose – the most important aspect of your recovery is that it is customized to work with you, not against you.

One perspective of addiction is that it creates this sense of “ego” – where everything in the world seems to revolve around that individual. Family members often experience this as their loved one asks for money, steals, or lies to them about what they need in order to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of their addiction; humility essentially strips all of this away as a person focuses on service, gratitude, and others rather than proudness, selfishness, or control. A 2016 article written by researchers from the U.S. emphasized that humility is a significant virtue all across the 12-steps of AA; the underlying foundation is that members must give all of their power and control to God, as He is the only One who can guide them towards the “right” path. If this resonates with you, AA could be an excellent option to add to your treatment regime.

An old phrase was mentioned in the study that truly summed up the idea of humility in addiction recovery. It stated,“The humble self is ‘secure in its reality,’ and is ‘neither better nor worse, bigger nor smaller, than anything else in the universe.”

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center about AA and other self-help groups that could be a wonderful addition to your treatment program. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.