What does a lack of honesty with ourselves and others look like? What does the program teach us about the importance of honesty to our recovery?

Ester and Spencer share their experience, strength, and hope on the topic of honesty, roughly following this outline.

  • Honesty before recovery – or was there?
    • How were we dishonest with ourselves and others?
    • What did we learn from our family of origin?
  • Honesty in recovery?
    • How was it modeled in meetings?
    • Learning to be honest with ourselves through sponsorship and the steps.
  • Still learning and growing.
    • The slippery slope of lying by omission.
    • How to be honest without breaking another's anonymity?

Readings and Links

Ester read from Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships, pp. 47 and 49.

Spencer mentioned the Step 4 chapter in Paths to Recovery, where it talks about why we write out our fourth step inventory. He also referred to the reading on Tradition 8 in the same book.

Richard recommended a reading from One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, August 15, about frustration.

Upcoming topics

An upcoming topic is titled “the disease of relationships”. Megan wrote “One of my favorite pages out of our CAL talks about alcoholism is a disease of relationships.” How has this disease shown up in your relationships?

Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the Show

Aretha Franklin – Honest I Do
Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth

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