In recovery, “snitch” doesn’t have to be a dirty word.
While you definitely won’t make friends by telling on your peers or taking other people’s inventory, spilling your own dirty secrets is an important part of staying clean and sober.
As the saying goes, “We are only as sick as our secrets,” and practicing rigorous honesty by consistently sharing your thoughts and struggles with sober peers will help keep you on the straight and narrow.
How does it work?
If you’re thinking of relapsing, for example, reconnecting with old friends from your addiction, or engaging in behaviors that used to act as triggers, sharing about your situation in a meeting or talking to your sponsor can be the first step back away from a potential relapse.
If you’re afraid of scaring your group, or putting yourself in a bad situation, don’t worry: First of all, they have probably heard worse than your darkest secret. And second of all, the situation might be more serious than you even know.
In return, you might get advice about how to avoid dangerous behaviors, support from your fellowship, or even just the relief of having something that heavy out in the open, so you don’t have to carry it around any more.
No matter what the situation, keeping secrets is a habit of addiction, and it helps the disease take over.
Snitching on yourself is a way to take away that power – and it just might save your life.
Are you ready to share the truth about your addiction, and begin the journey to recovery? Our kind and knowledgeable staff members are waiting for your call!