The Importance of Vulnerability in Recovery
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” –Brené Brown
Vulnerability. The word itself might have a deeply unsettling meaning to some people. It means to be seen in our scariest, darkest moments. It means sharing those moments with other people. It means knowing that those people may or may not judge us, and nobody likes to be judged.
But to be truly, deeply vulnerable also means freedom. Freedom from stigma, from shame, from secrets.
A big part of any addiction recovery program is being vulnerable. From your initial call to get help, to working with a therapist, to weekly group meetings, starting on the road to recovery means you will be vulnerable. And being vulnerable is incredibly healing when you share your story with the right people.
If you are in alcohol recovery, you can relate to your fellow alcoholics in group meetings, talking and learning about each other, and knowing that they can help give you support.
“True belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
But let’s be honest–being vulnerable does not come easy. It means breaking down barriers that we have built up over years and years of secrets, sadness, and shame. Those barriers make us feel safe, even though what’s trapped inside might be eating us alive. Knocking down those walls and building bridges instead will help us feel connected to not only our authentic selves, but to others who are dealing with the same struggles. True vulnerability will set you free.
If you are ready to make the commitment of being vulnerable on your path to recovery, start with contacting us at
833-AKUA-NOW to learn more about our drug and alcohol recovery programs.