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Accountability in Addiction Recovery | Passages Holistic Rehab

How to Have Accountability in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” –   Sigmund Freud

Give a person freedom and see what they do with it. You can tell a lot about a person’s habits, beliefs, and priorities when you hand them freedom. This, of course, comes with great responsibility, especially for someone in addiction recovery.

Most people who have struggled with substance abuse related issues know how important it is to have someone help them be accountable for their actions so that they can stay on the right path. Accountability helps us reach our goals and be the successful individual we hope and work hard to be. Knowing that you have to show up for that meeting or appointment in the morning will help you be less tempted to get in trouble the night before. You will most likely be more motivated to have a relaxing, drug, and alcohol-free evening so you can wake up and feel healthy and energized in the morning.

For many people in recovery, the fear of going back to old ways, and unhealthy habits keep them pushing forward to grow and develop new and improved lifestyle choices they can feel happy about. Having a carefully laid out course of action to stay accountable is the best way to be clear and focused on your sobriety. Here are 7 helpful tips.

  1. Let your friends and family know about your sobriety.
  2. Find an accountability partner to check in with as often as you need.
  3. Keep a physical and mental list of what you have to lose.
  4. Stay closely connected to those who support your sobriety.
  5. Be consistent in your routine and responsibilities.
  6. Set weekly and daily goals for yourself and cross them off as you go.
  7. Schedule social, fitness, and business appointments for the morning to keep you from being tempted to stray off course in the evening hours.
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Goal Setting Rethinking the Past Within the Context of Your Future

Goal Setting: Rethinking the Past Within the Context of Your Future

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”- Michael Jordan

One fact remains true: Individuals who have struggled with substance use and addiction within their lifetime learned to develop a level of resilience and grit that can only be attained through successfully overcoming life’s challenges and adversity. Through the use of “Experience Mapping,” an individual begins with focusing on past successes within the context of their desired future.

Experience Mapping:

Developed by Businesswoman, Karen Newman (2009), Experience Mapping is a process of taking an inventory of your skills, abilities, training, education, experience, and anything else that enables you to realign all of those assets and resources in a new area. It’s a simple and effective process that can change your life. Experience Mapping:

  • Increases motivation
  • Builds self-efficacy
  • Lets you know that your strategies are working

Power of Visualization:

Visualizing something successful that you have already done in the past is actually more empowering than visualizing something in the future that you have not done yet. It is easier to visualize the past simply because you were there, and you already have all the details of the event where you performed at your best.

Putting it to Work:

Think of a time in your life when you set a goal for yourself and successfully achieved that goal in one of the following areas. (No goal is too big or small):

  • Level of health-physical, emotional, freedom from addiction
  • Education
  • Career
  • Financial life
  • Family life/Relationships
  • Social life
  • Contribution (volunteer, community, other)
  • Spiritual life

Look more deeply into the goal you achieved above: Recall a timeframe for when this event happened. Can you remember where you were when you achieved your goal, how it happened, who else was there, and how it felt emotionally? Use this exercise whenever you feel self-doubt, the desire to give up, or lost in the process. You’ve done it before, you will do it again.

Selected resources

Newman, Karen (2009). Experience Mapping(TM): How to Leverage Past Experience for Future Success. Create Space Publishing. ISBN 10: 1449958451

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Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) (e-therapy) and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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