When drinking, you can find a plethora of justifications that, in your own eyes, can absolve you of all accountability. However, the worst thing you can do is to allow this flawed thinking to follow you into sobriety. Once you decide that you’re through with alcohol and you truly want to escape your addiction, you need to be prepared to take responsibility for your own plight.
Addiction is a Sign of Failing to Take Responsibility Over Your Life
I never considered myself a bad person and I always made sure I gave 110% regardless of the task. Then again, I couldn’t help but feel frustrated by the fact that my former manager always took credit for my work. Not just mine, but also my coworkers’. And, the worst part was that there was absolutely nothing we could do about it, if we wanted to keep our jobs, that is.
While I always blamed my ex-boss for the fact that my career was going nowhere, the truth is that I didn’t have the guts to do something about it. Now I realize that instead of drowning my sorrows in a glass, I could’ve quit my job and found a better one, where I actually had a chance to be climb the corporate ladder. Instead of putting all the blame on him for the havoc in my life and allowing myself to become engulfed by helplessness, I could’ve simply looked for another job.
Recovery Means Learning How to Take Responsibility
Giving up alcohol and facing life without the help of chemicals means investing a great deal of effort. If you’re not willing to take responsibility to overcome alcoholism, then you’ll end up sabotaging your own recovery. Moreover, if you have a low self-esteem and don’t feel responsible for your own life, then you won’t be able to see the point of trying to become sober.
Not assuming responsibility for your own actions means surrounding yourself in a shroud of negativity. As anxiety and unhappiness slowly take over your mind, you will feel powerless and at the whims of fortune. Since you’ll feel that you’ve always lived with a dark cloud above your head, you won’t be able to find the motivation to escape addiction.
Learning to assume my own actions was a critical element in the recovery. I could easily blame my former manager and every annoying thing he did for falling into addiction. However, that was all in the past and now I am the only one who can get myself out of this mess.
What Does Taking Responsibility for Your Recovery Mean?
Although it might sound complicated, in reality, assuming responsibility for your recovery implies setting tangible goals. In other words, instead of dreaming of becoming the CEO of an international corporation, you should set simpler, easier goals such as learning how to identify a PAWS episode and keeping things under control.
Taking responsibility also means participating in your rehab program with heart and soul. Instead of trying to find ways to trick the staff into letting you out of there, you should pay attention and learn as much as you can. Don’t forget that the recovery program is designed to present you with many tools to cope with your sobriety. It is up to you to choose the most suitable ones and apply them into practice.
While you are responsible for your recovery, it doesn’t mean you should stop listening to other people. Moreover, it doesn’t mean you should refrain from asking for help when you feel overwhelmed. Becoming responsible for your recovery means getting involved and fighting to regain control of your life.