The Discovery House Discusses Overcoming Character Defects

Reseda, California -

The Discovery House, based in Reseda, California, is reaching out to shed more light on character defects and ways defects can hinder recovery in individuals who are recovering from addiction. This is an important part of the 12-step recovery programs. Discovery House is equipped with the tools and knowledge to provide individuals with the support they need when navigating both detox, addiction and the recovery process itself.

It is often easier to recognize character defects in others than in oneself. An important part of the rehab and recovery process for substance abuse is working on identifying one’s own personal character defects and recognizing how they may hinder recovery. Such defects may create barriers in the journey of personal growth. Some of the ways this can happen is mistakenly considering the defect a strength — or not recognizing the presence of a personal character deficit at all. Other ways include projection of the defects of others as hindering personal recovery and choosing to focus on the easier to manage deficits instead of the painful and difficult ones. A person may also avoid looking at the damage their character defects have caused to themselves and the others in their lives.

As a part of the timeline for the 12 steps of recovery, it is essential to learn how some of these character defects can present in addiction. Some of the more common character deficits that those in recovery for drug addictions choose to work on include anger, fear, anxiety, perfectionism, self-hatred, negative thinking, impatience, loneliness and resentment. This list is by no means complete or true for everyone going through addiction recovery, and it can vary dramatically depending on each situation. For someone going through recovery, sessions with a counselor or a sponsor often helps clarify personal character defects. Learning to recognize how these defects contributed to the use of drugs and alcohol, is a critical part of recovery and is necessary for long term recovery. It is important to learn to identify these traits without bringing oneself down. The program also highlights that choosing how to behave is a choice, however, and it is possible to temper, control and reduce character defects as well as balance them out with good traits.

Even when it comes to the 12-step program, there is no set time limit as everyone recovers at their own pace. First published in Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson, the 12-step approach has been adapted and applied to countless other recovery programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Many treatment facilities have found that evidence-based behavioral therapy combined with a 12-step program offers the best chance for people to maintain sobriety long-term. It has also been found that learning new hobbies in recovery is a positive way to make use of time while recovering. Since boredom can be a trigger for recovering addicts, it is important to find new hobbies that are fun and distracting to fill in the hours of spare time.

A group sits and listens to a 12 step discussion on character defects as shared at The Discover House, Los Angeles

Martial arts are an excellent way to pass the time, for instance, as they provide a healthy way to channel anger and other difficult emotions. They also teach discipline, which is extremely beneficial and necessary for the recovery process. Karate, boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai are all great options to try. Writing can also be an excellent outlet for difficult feelings that threaten early sobriety. It can be a great way to process thoughts and experiences, so a creative writing class is helpful for motivation.

Spending time in nature has proven to be an excellent way for recovering individuals to connect with their thoughts and spirituality. Going for a hike, climbing a mountain or rock climbing; swimming; boating; and even playing outdoor sports are all great, sobering hobbies. Another plus point is that these can be done on one’s own or in groups, depending on what the individual needs at that stage of their recovery. Volunteer work, yoga, acting and performing; learning to draw or paint; knitting or crocheting; and cooking are also excellent options for a new hobby to pursue during recovery. Early sobriety is a difficult time for addicts who want to stay sober, and the time spent in learning a new hobby is extremely beneficial. The work that is put in during a recovery program is difficult, and a new hobby provides a healthy outlet to pass the time.

The Discovery House offers a wide range of treatments for those suffering from addiction and has had great success in supporting their community’s long term recovery. To learn more about the services they offer, interested parties may visit the organization’s official website. They can also be contacted via phone or email for further information.


For more information about The Discovery House, contact the company here:

The Discovery House
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The Discovery House
6956 Bertrand Ave
Reseda, CA 91335