Willingness is one of the indispensable action words that appear throughout recovery literature and heard at countless meetings. This is for good reason! While recovery becomes a pleasure for the large majority of us, it undoubtedly takes a large dose of willingness to push through early sobriety while learning a new way of life. The goal of sobriety is to ultimately never have to hurt from addiction again. To achieve these, we need to have willingness in three aspects of early recovery.
The willingness to be uncomfortable
A good gauge on how well we are doing in early sobriety is how uncomfortable we are. The fact is, in our addictions, we are comfortable in chaotic, unhealthy, and dangerous situations. Coming into rooms with strangers and sharing our personal feelings is certainly to be an uncomfortable experience for newcomers.
Likewise, asking for help is often a foreign and uncomfortable experience for us in the beginning. The prospect of entering a treatment center for an extended period of time is certain to make anyone uncomfortable. Willingness to allow us to be uncomfortable in early sobriety is essential to achieving long-term sobriety
The willingness to take direction
We are characteristically a stubborn bunch- that is for sure! It is our own self-will and our own best thinking that wound us up in treatment/recovery in the first place. Therefore, it is essential for us to have the willingness to take direction in early sobriety from those who have achieved long-term sobriety. While taking direction normally does not come easy for most of us, it is essential if we are to learn a new way of life.
The willingness to take a leap of faith
Often times the thought of us even staying sober for a week seems like an impossible feat- let alone staying continuously sober for months, years, and even decades. This is not an irrational fear, either, as we often have failed at every prior attempt to stay sober on our own.
It is crucial to take a leap of faith, however, that if treatment and the program worked for others just like us- it can also work for us too. Furthermore, we are not going to always understand why the program works the way it does. We simply need to have the willingness to have faith that treatment and the program can work for us too, if we work for it.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.