“ Honesty is a key factor in our recovery compulsive eating and so we will want to develop this trait.” –Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA p.51
Honesty has to be present in order to recover. This was hard for me. I had lied to myself for many years. I have denied the truth about my eating behaviors. When I came into the program I learned how dishonest I was. I learned there is no recovery when there is continuing deception. Since I learned I was dishonest, I had to learn how to be honest. How did I learn this? Through action.
In step one, I had to be honest with my food and food behavior in order to admit I was powerless over my addiction. Honesty can be scary and vulnerable. When being honest we are often admitting flaws. But if we continue to hide and run away, those flaws will become larger. As you learn more about the program and you get a sponsor your walls start coming down. You will learn your sponsor is a safe person to open up too.
Every time I can be honest with myself and others. I am one step closer to getting rid of my character defeat of dishonesty. Honesty is a disciple. It is built from daily habits. Honesty opens the door to recovery and the light of your Higher Power can pour in.