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Humility In Recovery: What Does It Mean?

Have you heard people in recovery talk about practicing humility? It's one principle that everyone can learn to practice no matter what stage of recovery they are in. Being humble helps you get out of your own way and learn to work a recovery program that will help you stay sober in the long-term.

What is Humility?

Humility is the act of being humble. For many people, coming to terms with their addiction was a humbling affair. When you get sober, you’re admitting that you’re powerless over drugs, alcohol, and other addictions. You know you need help, and you’re finally willing to get that help as well. This step helps you get through the beginning of recovery.

Being humble in recovery usually means acknowledging you don’t have all the answers and being willing to do what it takes to recover. It’s okay to have weaknesses! You will probably work on those during twelve-step work or therapy.

Living With Humility

You can live your life in denial of your faults, or you can begin to live with humility. Humility isn’t the same as humiliation – it’s just an attitude. With humility, you can learn to listen with an open mind.

When you first go to twelve-step and other recovery meetings, almost every person in the room has an experience you can learn from. As long as they’re clean, they have been sober longer than you! So they must know something about recovery! Remember this when you feel like there is nothing you can learn or when you’re having a bad attitude.

Everyone you meet in recovery is another human being. And as humans, we’re all fallible, meaning we all make mistakes and we all have to be responsible for them. We can all also learn from each other.

Getting Help for Addiction

Addiction can be a lonely and frightening experience. It can feel like you’re trapped. But the truth is that if you’re willing to ask for help, you can begin the process of breaking free from addiction.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be worried that you can’t find a place to get sober. That’s not true! Our doors and phone lines are open and we’re here to help you start a new way of life.

Learn more about your options at US (949) 279-1376 • MX (612) 153-5726 to learn more about our services and how we can help.



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Hi! I’m Melissa Stailey, a freelance writer that loves to cook. I live and work in Washington, DC.