Learning to open up about our feelings, and our failings, is one of the blessings of recovery. One painfully shy troubled teen girl has struggled most of her life with low self-esteem, which manifests in self-injury and other self-destructive behaviors. Listening when others shared their problems, though, she couldn't help noticing how much better they seemed to feel. So she tried it herself. "I decided to get honest with my sponsor about a couple of things that were really bothering me," she told the table. "It was hard getting started, but she listened and really helped and I felt pretty good by the time I left."
We believe that we're only as sick as our secrets, and that healing starts with telling the truth. Like most worthwhile things in life, the hardest part is getting started.