Monday, June 17, 2013

The Truth Hurts

By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Has anyone ever told you something about yourself that just made you cringe inside but you also knew that it was actually true?  That is never a fun feeling to be called out on something about yourself and have no comeback except, "uh, yeah, I guess that's true"!  Sadly, not many of us are willing to sign up for a truth session to find out exactly where we need to change. 

Isn't that what recovery is, though?  In recovery, we have come to believe that life had gotten out of control.  We came to believe that things had gone awry due to our continual participation in self-defeating actions such as abusing alcohol and/or drugs.  That was the initial truth we had to accept in order to stop using and start living.

However, that is just the beginning.  Often, in recovery circles, people use the metaphor of 'peeling the onion' in regards to uncovering the various ways we deceive ourselves about ourselves.  That process, while not always fun, can be the beginning of a beautiful journey into health, happiness and wholeness.  

Why does the truth hurt?  Simply put: it hurts our egos.  It hurts that prideful place inside that says, "I'm ok.  I don't need help.  I've got it all under control".  If we're honest with ourselves, we really do want to have it all under control and most of us don't have it all under control.  We don't want to have to ask for help.  We don't want to admit defeat and we don't want to admit that we can't do it alone.  It's these very ideas that often lead people into addiction.  

When was the last time someone told you the truth about yourself and you were able to receive it with humility and openness?  Are you open to learning more about what makes you tick so you can move forward in your life?  If you are, then you are already half way there to a better understanding of yourself, which is priceless!

If you are actively using drugs and alcohol, I encourage to consider stopping ASAP!  There is more to life than a drink or a drug.  Be open to the process of abstinence, sobriety and full recovery.  And yes, you may have to hear the truth about yourself but chances are you already know it and now you can do something about it.  It's never too late to change!

At The Coleman Institute, we really care about your well-being!  Our hope is for you to get clean and stay clean for the rest of your life.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 

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