This is long but is so beautifully written:
The first step into recovery requires honesty. When we are honest with ourselves and people we come into contact with then we step onto the path of positive growth. Therein lies endless opportunities when we become truthful and straiightforward in conduct Honestly working the twelve steps will abundantly enhance your understanding of yourself your codependency your addictions your character defects and personality traits. What a difference true honesty can make when working the twelve steps of recovery
To be honest with yourself during recovery you should not deceive yourself. We should be honest with ourselves concerning our character especially about how we feel our thought process how we carry ourselves and how we act and behave toward varying circumstances. There are countless advantages from being honest with ourselves In our recovery we are better able to notice our character defects shortcomings negative thoughts anger and personality flaws. When we are honest with ourselves we gain the capacity for positive change to occur. Our desire for positive change helps us to feel better about ourselves. We become more aware of our true person enabling to have the opportunity to make the required changes necessary to grow in our recovery.
In our journey it is just as important to be honest not just with ourselves but also in our dealings with others. Why should we lie our lives away? Now we have the chance to make amends heal our past wounds rebuild our relationships based on trust along with many other things that would be possible if we maintain self honesty as well as outward honesty. An ever increasing amount of opportunities for personal growth in our recovery awaits us as we are honest with our addiction our addictive behaviors and our powerlessness. You will reap the benefits working on an honest program By being honest we are open to utilize the many other spiritual principles offered in the 12 steps of recovery
If we get really honest with ourselves and others there will no longer be room for all that toxic shame and guilt we experienced in our active addiction. A codependency problem will also begin to diminish as we work a program of honesty.
Sorry about the length of this article but I felt it very spiritual and uplifting to a sense of serenity and freedom
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