Step 7 NA – 3 Ways Humility Makes You Stronger in Recovery
Step 7 – “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
The old saying “pride goes before the fall” addresses one of the biggest issues recovering addicts struggle with in recovery. Addiction naturally breeds a prideful state of mind where a person enters into a false sense of control as his or her life falls apart.
Pride can take many different forms, and feelings of pride and entitlement can crop up when a person least suspects it. Humility, pride’s polar opposite, gets to the root of this need to be in control and do it all on one’s own.
Step 7 NA of the 12 Step approach attacks this addiction mindset from a heart-felt perspective while strengthening your resolve to stay clean and sober. In effect, learning humility gives you back control over your life by helping you stay focused on what matters most.
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Humility’s Purpose in Recovery
Today’s hectic lifestyle can be wrought with stress and pressure to succeed or just to survive from day to day. Even those with little to no financial worries may experience pressure to maintain and keep what they have.
In the midst of all this, person-to-person offenses become commonplace, making it easy to get offended and thrown off balance. According to the University of Minnesota, under these conditions, drugs can become a welcome reprieve from the realities of daily living.
An attitude of humility strips life experience down to its essentials: peace, truth and love for self and others. With Step 7 NA, developing humility enables you to rise above daily life stressors and pressures so you can stay focused on your recovery.
Step 7 NA: 3 Ways Humility Builds Strength
1. Self Perspective
Prideful attitudes often develop out of insecurities regarding one’s self. From this perspective, not getting your way or not getting what you expect can set a host a negative thoughts and feelings in motion.
When left unchecked, negativity soon takes on a life of its own to the point where it becomes increasingly easier to turn to drugs. Step 7 NA helps you confront the insecurities that feed prideful attitudes and develop a clear and truthful perspective of self and others.
2. Asking for Help
More often than not, people who fall into an addiction lifestyle lack healthy ways of coping with life’s ups and downs. Poor coping skills combined with issues surrounding trust and self-worth make it difficult for an addict to reach out for help.
Since stopping drug use doesn’t eliminate addiction-based thinking, this resistance towards asking for help also remains. Under these conditions, getting help from people who’ve been where you are is the most intelligent choice a person can make in addiction recovery, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
In effect, being able to ask for help is half the battle won when recovering from an addiction problem.
3. Accepting the Process
It’s not uncommon to want to “recover” from addiction as quickly as possible. While a speedy recovery would be nice, overcoming the effects of addiction entails a process that can be lengthy for some.
With Step 7 NA, developing an attitude of humility enables you to settle into the process rather than try to rush it, or work against it. Over time, your ability to accept the process can help eliminate the stress and pressure that fuels drug-using urges.