Humility, or Humiliation?
“Run for the hills!” This is often our first thought when we hear the word “humility” in recovery. Could it be that we are confusing “humility” with “humiliation”?
Let’s begin by looking at some of the differences between these two terms.
--Humility is: admitting that we don’t know all the answers. Humiliation is: suffering the pain of the mistaken belief that we “should” know all the answers.
--Humility is: showing respect, and acting with respect towards ourselves. Humiliation is: suffering the pain of disrespect, and acting with disrespect towards ourselves.
--Humility is: surrendering. Humiliation is: suffering the pain of self-defeat.
--Humility is: asking for help. Humiliation is: suffering the pain of pride that keeps us from getting help.
--Humility is: recognizing that battling our problems alone Has Not Worked. Humiliation is: suffering the painful consequences of “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.”
Are you noticing a pattern here? Maybe you can see how humility and humiliation are quite different from each other?
Humility heals. In recovery from addiction, we can experience the power of humility. In humility, we can find relief from our suffering. We can achieve lasting sobriety through humility. We can find help, we can find hope through humility. We can find our best selves through humility.
Humiliation harms. In addiction, we’ve likely experienced the power of humiliation. In humiliation, we cannot find relief from our suffering. Humiliation feeds addiction, and fuels potential relapse. Humiliation can keep us from getting help, it can rob us of hope. We can lose our best selves through humiliation.
At South Orange County Detox, our treatment team has a keen understanding of the bright power of humility, and the dark power of humiliation. We know how to help clients discover freedom in humility. We know how to help clients achieve liberation from humiliation. We realize that humility can indeed serve as an effective antidote to the poison of humiliation.
You are likely ready to find the humility that grows recovery. You are likely ready to move forward into a life of meaning, purpose, and abundance.
You are likely ready to let go of the humiliation that feeds addiction. You are likely ready to move forward from a life of pain, shame, and deprivation.
Make reaching out for help your next act of humility today. The time is right to call South Orange County Detox, where you’ll be welcomed with open arms. See for yourself how humility can work for you. You might find humility working miracles in your life!