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It’s just as important to show character inwardly as it is outwardly. If the recovering addict shows themselves that they can be an honest person even when nobody’s looking, they will not only practice their honesty, but also be able to trust and feel better about themselves.
It’s easy for an individual to speak about the type of person they want to be; but the real challenge is actually following through with it. When an individual’s actions match their beliefs, they have character.

Even the very first beginning of recovery from addiction (the desire for abstinence) shows a belief, and the action behind it gives, maintaining abstinence, the recovering addict an opportunity to grow their character. To further enhance character, the recovering addict must improve the reliability of their words to action in all aspects.

To be more believable to the world around, the recovering addict can always follow through with what they say they are going to do, live their beliefs, and create a list of the character values wanted in the personality and how a person can go about achieving them. Such as, if the trait wanted is honesty, “What would an honest person do in this circumstance?” should be written.

Achieving goals will also help create character. With each new goal conquered a new trait is often gained. For a goal to be attained another trait may be required: confidence is often looked for in job interviews, so to get hired at a job, confidence must be achieved. If the trait wanted is confidence, once the goal is attained they will have confidence in their character.

It’s just as important to show character inwardly as it is outwardly. If the recovering addict shows themselves that they can be an honest person even when nobody’s looking, they will not only practice their honesty, but also be able to trust and feel better about themselves. Once the recovering addict starts to feel better about themselves, other traits will begin to fall into place.

It’s important to re-establish character once in recovery, because when an addict enters recovery, they are creating a new identity. Often in addiction, positive character traits are lost simply by trying to keep up with an addiction such as a once honest person may start stealing to pay for their drugs or alcohol. All lost traits can be regained by continuously practicing the character traits they want to maintain.

 

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