Does It Matter How You Dress? More to the point, to my friends who are operating Indiana recovery houses, should we care how the men in our residential programs dress?
Roy was a house manager for an addiction recovery house. One day, he was taking the guys to a church-based AA meeting, and he told the men to dress nicely. One of the guys asked him pointedly: “Does it really matter how we dress?” That’s the question I’m asking you today: Does it matter how we in recovery dress? I want to suggest to you that, yes, it does. For several reasons: ● For many people, especially drug addicts, dressing like you’re ‘in the hood’ brings you back to the feelings of using. Cocaine or heroin users dress gangsta, and so when they continue to dress gangsta in recovery, they show that their minds are not completely away from that old lifestyle. For these people, changing the addicted mind means changing their clothes, too. ● One of the challenges for recovering addicts is getting- and keeping- a good job. It’s a fact of life that employers do judge you by your looks, and so you need to learn to dress up a bit. ● Finally, many studies have shown that people perform better when they feel good about how they look. Self-esteem is a major issue in recovery, so dressing to look a bit better helps with your esteem- and ultimately helps you with your recovery.
That's why at Celebrate Freedom, we tell our men, yes even while living in an Indianapolis halfway house, how you dress is important. It helps you feel better about yourself and helps others, who don't know you well, to feel good about you.