Be Humble Day: Humility and Recovery BRC Healthcare

There is a well-known saying in fellowship meetings – “leave your ego at the door”. If you want to get better then listen to what others have to say and learn from those who have been through the same experience. By the way, the medical practitioners also need humility. They are not experiencing our individual obsessions and addictions, much as they try to help us get well. Alcoholics and drug users don’t all fit into a tidy box. I was broken and brought low when I was strapped into a wheelchair and taken by ambulance to hospital.

Is humility a clear recognition?

Bill Wilson, who laid the foundation for the modern AA movement when he wrote down the 12 steps in 1938, stated it best: Humility is “the clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to be what we can be.” True humility recognizes the facts and then resolves to move forward.

We are more likely to make meaningful changes in our lives and to achieve lasting sobriety with the help of a supportive team. These are all humble actions, attitudes, and virtues that help us to grow in recovery and develop as human beings. Moreover, they reduce egotism and promote a healthy sense of oneself, and are therefore good for our relations with others and the world.


It includes honesty, responsibility, hope, love, and charity. Hence, being spiritual, humble people have an outward energy. They give of themselves much more than expect to receive. It makes them happier than those who expect from others.

humility in recovery

The same qualities of humility that enhance leadership also improve personal relationships. I once overheard a woman say to a friend, “If my kid was acting that way, I know what I’d do”–the implication being that she knew how to handle the situation and her friend needed to hear it. The urge to tell others what to do may spring from an earnest desire to be of help.


He shows us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness, and love. Living the spiritual life reveals meaning and purpose in our daily activities. People who are still wrapped up in themselves are unlikely to enjoy meaningful recovery. Arrogance is more often a reaction to low self-esteem. It may also indicate dry drunk syndrome, in which the sufferer lives under continual stress because they are full of unaddressed resentments and anger.

They need to be accountable for their actions and responsible towards their well-being. The ego has played a significant role in daily decisions. A wounded ego has entitlement issues centered on medicating the pain of the past.

Bringing Real Change

It has been our intent to emphasize the significance of humility as a cardinal virtue across the 12-Step program and as essential to all its key elements. We have placed this emphasis in the context of a wider theological history of thought as this converged on Bill W. In addition, we have offered a constructive interpretation of the 12 Steps that relies on a model of four modulations of humility.

This is often so if our problems involve others in our immediate circle, including family, friends and work colleagues because we don’t want to show weakness. We want others to believe that we have the situation under control. Are you ready to begin to find the power of humility?

#7 – The Principle of Humility

When I think of the principle of Humility, I am reminded of some of the most humble people that I have met in recovery. In recovery, understanding humility is a noble goal to pursue. We can look up the meaning of humility in the dictionary, but there’s way more to it. Becoming humble requires full respect of who we are and what our purpose is in life.

  • However, they often use arrogance as a shield to protect them from feelings.
  • Furthermore, we can’t see beyond our own immediate needs, specifically, making sure our habit is being taken care of.
  • It means doing healthy things while refraining from unhelpful behaviours, a day at a time.

Humility is being able to say, “I’m not okay, I need help, will you help me? ” It’s being able to admit to ourselves and others that our addictions, and our lives as a sober house whole, have become totally unbearable. It’s being able to admit we’re addicts in the first place and that we have a problem with an addictive substance or behavior.