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Why Being Open-Minded Works in Recovery

The essentials in recovery are Honesty, Open-mindedness, and Willingness. Having these at the forefront of your mind can really help you navigate recovery in an attempt for long-term sobriety. While these essentials loom large as part of the solution to your recovery, they can also present a tall order.


One of the reasons that people refuse to get sober is that they cannot wrap their minds around everything that getting sober entails. They may not yet have become open to the suggestions of recovery or want to do what it takes to stay sober.

Being open-minded is defined as “having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments.” If an individual wants to remain sober, they must become open to new ideas. 


They respect the program

The fact is that there are thousands of people who come into recovery to get sober and then stay sober. If you knew how to get sober before now, you would have already done so.

You should open your mind to hearing how others got sober by taking what you need and leaving the rest. Respecting that others have been able to maintain sobriety can give you an open mind without having to forfeit your own beliefs entirely. 


They understand the program

A recovery program based on suggestions has worked for others. Allowing yourself to understand this concept with an open mind, without thinking you have all the answers already, can save your life.

Your best ideas got you drunk and high. Being open to hearing new ideas from others who have stayed sober can allow you to make changes in your life. A mainstay of a recovery program is humility, which can grant you the open-mindedness you need to understand the program.


A brand new world can emerge from unburdening your brainpower. A dogmatic outlook can keep you from learning valuable lessons to help you reach your highest potential in your recovery.

Hearing the honesty that somebody else’s perspective brings is how you can become open-minded. Closing yourself off to the possibilities that recovery can present to you is a tragedy that happens to one-sided people all the time. Admitting that you may not have all the answers will keep you receptive to new ideas and help you to stay sober one day at a time.


At The Guest House Ocala, we have personal recovery experience, and over 12 years in the recovery industry. We have helped countless people recover, and we’re here to help you too. Call 855-372-1079 today for more information.