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Recovery is Your Journey

If only we could pass the symptoms of withdrawal onto another person. If only someone else could go through the therapy and the psychoeducational therapy lectures for us. If only we didn’t have to learn everything new again and work hard for recovery. If only doesn’t go a long way. Recovery is your journey and your journey alone. Many people will support you, join you, encourage you, and help you along the way. The decision to start, and refuting the decision to stop, will always be your decision. Learning to live by the spiritual principles of recovery includes living by a simple requirement: honesty.

Most meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are started with selected readings from the primary text, Alcoholics Anonymous, more commonly referred to as “The Big Book”. Included is the beginning of Chapter 5 “How it Works”. The beginning passages of this section discuss the important role honesty plays in recovery, especially along the twelve step philosophy. A majority of people who are able to be honest with themselves regarding their alcoholism and addiction are able to stay sober. “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path,” the authors assert. “Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.” Such “unfortunates” as the text describes them, “are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty.” Even those who have associated mental health issues, the authors explain, “do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”

People who know you and love you have likely been honest with you about the state of your drinking and drug use. Those who have become chemically dependent are slow to become honest with themselves or at least move out of denial of what their honesty tells them. For this reason, the first step of the twelve steps includes admitting one’s powerlessness over their substance of choice. Honesty is the very first step of recovery and it can only come from you. From there on out you will learn to develop a concept of and relationship with a higher power. Through therapy and treatment you will identify underlying contributing factors to your poor mental healthy and chronic choice to abuse drugs and alcohol. By continuing abstinent recovery, you will learn to live an honest life for yourself and with others. It starts with getting honest about a drinking or drug problem and asking for help.


Castle Craig has humbly served over 10,000 patients over the last 25 years. Our residential treatment programmes help men and women renew their sense of empowerment through mental, physical, and spiritual healing. For information, call our 24 hour free confidential phone-line: 0808 256 3732. From outside the UK please call: +44 1721 788 006 (normal charges apply).

Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked July 12, 2017