You might be an addict or alcoholic if your ego is inflated to the size of a football stadium. It’s the inflated sense of self that can be your biggest enemy. If you think you’re different from the person sitting next to you at a 12-Step meeting, you need to check your ego at the door. If you’re too proud to ask for help, you very well might be the next addict or alcoholic destined to a life of misery ending in death. If you can’t admit you have a problem, how will you ever fix what is causing you to drink or use in the first place?
Our egos keep us from asking for what we need most, which in turn, prevents us from getting the help that will save our lives. Isn’t it something, that our brain is going against human survival? That’s what addiction is. If you stick around in recovery, you will see, all too often, people who won’t come back to their 12 Step group because they are ashamed, embarrassed, and too proud to admit defeat. Sadly, these are often the who lose their life to addiction, and there are a lot of them.
How do you squash your ego? You can deflate it by getting serious and doing the work to find out who you really are. How do you do the work? You get honest. No matter how much it hurts, you have to be brutally honest with yourself to get to the heart of your disease. You have to admit you have a problem, and you have to ask for help as to how you can begin healing yourself. You also must be willing—willing to do the work, willing to stay sober, and willing to accept your past for what it was. If you can do these things, and you don’t drink or use, no matter what, you will have a good life in recovery.
If you are struggling right now, don’t let your ego come in the way of saving your own life. We can help you if you let us. The Lakehouse Recovery Center will show you how you can begin the work of recovery, and will teach you the tools you need to stay in recovery. Give us a call, we are available toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707. Your ego is not your amigo, but we are. Call us today.