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The act of showing up to ask for help is a powerful first step for men struggling with addiction. I like this quote by Brené Brown because it’s concise and true: “The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.” At Guiding Light Recovery, we have seven focus points our program centers around and willingness is the first one.
Once men are here in our program, the willingness to ‘show up’ each moment and engage in the present takes courage and has powerful ripple effects on truly living differently. As men go through the program, it’s a privilege to see how those who arewilling really start to make some deep changes and move toward a life of sobriety. Here are some of the ways we talk about willingness with our men in the GLR program:
Am I willing to listen more and talk less?
Am I willing to do things in a different way?
Am I willing to say ‘thank you’ to others?
Am I willing to say I was wrong?
We stress willingness so our men know they are responsible for their own recovery.The thought of going to any lengths to stay sober can be overwhelming and scary to some and that is why we also stress that it’s progress, not perfection, when working on a different way of living. It all starts with willingness.
What are some ways you talk about willingness, to yourself or to others?