By Allen Berger, Ph.D.
#6566. To grow in recovery, we must grow up emotionally. This means getting honest with ourselves and facing up to the self-defeating thoughts and actions that put our sobriety at risk.
Although there are as many ways to mess up recovery as there are alcoholics and addicts, some general themes exist, which include:
- confusing self-concern with selfishness
- not making amends
- using the program to try to become perfect
- not getting help for relationship troubles
- believing that life should be easy
See also this related book: 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone.