Humility is defined as the condition of being modest and respectful. It is the opposite of being arrogant and conceited. While “humble” isn’t necessarily a description we think of as positive, at our Sacramento rehab, we explain that humility can be a key factor in achieving recovery.
Why it Helps to be Humble
Letting go of your pride and acknowledging that you’ve lost control of your behavior can be hard to do, but it produces some very positive results:
- Humble people ask questions. Recovery is a process that involves learning new ways to deal with life’s challenges. And the key to learning is being willing to ask questions. What’s more, being humble helps you remove the barriers to picking up new life skills because you no longer try to maintain an “I’ve got this” attitude.
- Humility lowers your stress level. The desire to be in control of all aspects of your life can be very stressful. Acknowledging that despite your best efforts, you will not always be able to manipulate your circumstances is very freeing. Yes, you have to make an effort to succeed, but you also need to know how to pick your battles.
- Humility makes it easier to connect with a spiritual practice. For many people in recovery, an important part of the process is connecting in some way to a higher power. People who are comfortable with being humble find it easier to do that and to receive inspiration from that higher power.
- People who are humble are less likely to relapse. One of the risks in early sobriety is that you will get overconfident and believe that you can dabble in your past habits without being pulled back into addiction. That’s a faulty belief. Humility helps you see that you will need to continue to work at being sober for the rest of your life.
- Humble people tend to have more friends. Humility makes you more “easy going” and “down to earth.” These qualities attract relationships, as people like to be around others who aren’t abrasive and opinionated, but instead are warm and friendly.
Practicing What We Preach
Our team at New Dawn doesn’t just encourage humility in the people we work with, we practice it ourselves. We understand that your recovery isn’t something we can drive. It’s a process that has to be a positive partnership that includes you, us, and your support network of family and friends. Contact us today to learn more about our Sacramento rehab.