Patients will develop moral reasoning and skills through the confrontation of self, assessment of current relationships, reinforcement of positive behavior and habits, and positive identity formation while enhancing self-concept. They also learn how to be accountable for all of their actions and have the freedom of choice to take steps while taking responsibility for the consequences.

Learning Responsibility in Addiction Recovery

When you are battling addiction, it can feel like you are falling into a pit and there’s no way out. It will wreck everything in its path, destroying your relationships, your career, and your health. If you don’t stop, there is only a dead end waiting for you. It may seem like there is nowhere to turn, but nothing could be further than the truth. It all begins with you.

You Need to Admit that You Have a Problem

All of your friends and family can tell you that you are in trouble, but you are the one who has to own up to your choices and your actions. It’s like the old expression that says, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” The same holds true for you. Once you finally come to a point that you can take responsibility for your substance abuse, you will be ready to take the next step.

Being Responsible Means Seeking Professional Help

Admitting you have an addiction is only half of the battle. You need to conquer your addiction and find your way to recovery. You have the power within you when you take on the responsibility to seek solutions. Every action has an equal reaction. Continue on your present course and you will be responsible for the consequences. Choose to get help and you will reap the rewards. If you attempt to get clean on your own, be prepared to accept the fact that you are more likely to fail. Temptation and negative influences are all around you. When the going gets tough, especially in the initial phase of detoxification, your mind and body will rebel. You’ll be overcome with fierce cravings and the physical suffering of withdrawal. Finding a way to make the pain stop will be your top priority, heading you right back to substance abuse. However, turn to professionals and you are making the decision to get a support system that will help you to succeed.

Recovery is Still Up to You

Choosing inpatient rehabilitation is a step in the right direction. You’ll enter a safe haven where you are removed from all of the strains, obligations, and sources of temptation in your life. You will be able to concentrate on your health. This is the time to make yourself a top priority. Compassionate, trained staff members will be by your side every step of the way, ready to catch you when you fall. From care during detoxification to nutritious food, counseling services, and new beginnings, you’ll have the opportunity to make the most of your time in treatment. However, recovery is what you make of it. If you are determined to succeed and accept the help that is given, you’ll be on the right path. If you fight the efforts of others or try to lay blame on those around, you are headed for failure. It’s your choice. When you recognize the fact that you are in charge of your life, it can be extremely liberating.

You Must Remain Vigilant After Treatment

Once you are released from the program, your continued sobriety is your responsibility. You will need to surround yourself with positive influences and make healthy choices. Continue to go to group meetings to remain strong. If you feel yourself starting to slip, seek help before it is too late. No matter what, remember that you will make the decisions that affect your life. Resist temptation and enjoy a life that is free of an addiction.

4 thoughts on “Responsibility

  1. Maureen says:

    The responsibility to ourselves is certainly very important, especially for cases such as the addiction. We must take responsibility for our actions, since we ourselves can only make that decision to go ahead and get out of that habit you have. You really have to be aware of what surrounds us, as we may think we are dead, if any, you just have to take his hand.

  2. Lilly says:

    This is really a very important point that this article is making here. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. This is just so true. I have tried to help several people so many times in regards to their addiction, but only when I saw that they really realized that in the end it was up to them, and only when they realized that they had an actual problem, and started confronting their own lives, only then were they able to receive help in the form of information and rehab. It is very important for both the addict as well as the family and friends of the addict to realize that the only way someone will recover from drug or alcohol addiction is if they realize that they have a problem and then take responsiblity for it by getting into a rehab facility and really doing the program so that they can change their life. You can’t force someone to accept help.

  3. Sophie says:

    It si true that once you have decided to go to rehab you already took a huge responsibility for yourself and your like. So asking for help is being responsible, and also admitting that you have a problem and you need help is the most responsible thing to do, cause you accepted the help and you are doing something about it. It is very hard for any addict to admit to it and to seek help, but when you do it means that you are a strong person and you are willing to change the situation because you know it needs to be changed. It is not easy but it is the best thing anyone can do.

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