Because skepticism encourages you to seek out the most efficient methods to build a strong sobriety, I consider a skeptical attitude beneficial for those of us recovering from alcoholic addiction.
How Skepticism Helped Pull Me Through
Without the proverbial beer goggles, everything seemed new to me during the first few months following rehab. I was bombarded with new information and learned there are other ways to do things. In the midst of these confusing times, I was overwhelmed by feelings of inferiority, remorse, sorrow, and guilt. I didn’t trust my way of thinking and dismissed my opinions very easily. Frankly, this is the time when recovering alcoholics are very vulnerable to manipulation and bad advice.
The primary reason I attended AA meetings was to seek understanding from people who were going through the same problems as me. However, my non-religious way of seeing things and dose of skepticism is what helped me avoid succumbing to yet another addictive behavior. This is why I refused to take everything they told us during the AA meetings as fact. Moreover, it motivated me to continue searching for a support group that can share my secular views.
Looking back at my AA meetings experience, I can state that skepticism can be empowering sometimes. Because it prevents you from believing everything you hear without questioning.
As With Everything Else in Recovery, Moderation is Highly Advisable
I strongly believe that with a healthy dose of skepticism, you will have a better chance of finding success in recovery and build a better future for yourself. Bear in mind that ‘healthy dose’ in this case cannot be stressed enough. If you go overboard and start suspecting that everyone has an ulterior motive, you are cynical. Sure, some people can use skepticism as an excuse not to try different things, but there’s a far worse danger hidden in excessive attitudes here, namely cynical attitudes.
A cynic has already made up his mind about recovery regardless of the evidence and proof you offer them. Since recovery means new opportunities, being cynical means sabotaging your own recovery in my book.
Skepticism Goes Hand in Hand with Critical Thinking
When used correctly, skepticism can guide your steps on the right path to sobriety. Being a true skeptic implies developing and utilizing critical thinking skills. Because your addiction surrounds you in a web of illogical and dangerous beliefs and opinions, working on developing critical thinking will help you in weeding out these faulty thoughts. Moreover, this healthy attitude can help you keep your feet firmly on the ground whenever you’re tempted to give in due to the emotional rollercoaster that is early sobriety.