Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people see and then change their thought processes that have led to maladaptive behavior. CBT emphasizes the importance of accountability in healing yourself and your relationships that have been damaged by substance use disorders and other issues you have been facing in the past. If you are suffering from drug use and are ready to reclaim your life, reach out to Alina Lodge online, or you call us at 833.685.1700 today to learn more about how holding yourself accountable is critical to a life of recovery.
Understanding the Importance of Accountability
Because drugs and alcohol influence people’s behavior, cognitive patterns, and emotions, overcoming addiction is a serious challenge for students. Many people suffering from addiction problems also have problems with regret and embarrassment. They often struggle with co-occurring mental health disorders that cause them to withdraw from others and avoid facing the truth about their substance abuse. Sadly, many people who need professional help avoid it because holding yourself accountable is equally difficult, and some individuals don’t know where to go to get the care they need.
Accountability is among the main things a person needs to live a healthy life. Having therapists who understand and instill in you the importance of accountability and other people in your life who are not hesitant to hold you accountable for actions and thoughts is incredibly helpful to experiencing a successful, long-term recovery from addiction.
Holding yourself accountable will help you stay on track and keep your focus honed in on the things that matter most to you in recovery. Accepting accountability will give students the tools they need to continue experiencing sobriety during and after substance abuse therapy.
Tips for Holding Yourself Accountable in Life
The way you think and how you behave will have consequences. Therefore, you need to know that holding yourself accountable for your decisions is vital for living a productive life as a stable member of your community, family, and work environment. You must be willing to take responsibility for your actions both in the throes of your substance use disorder and in recovery. If that sounds overwhelming, there are strategies for holding yourself accountable.
An Attitude Adjustment
Many things in life and the world are out of your control. Yet, you always have the ability to make the best decisions possible within your given circumstances and focus on what you can control to make the best choice(s) possible. Adjusting your attitude is the first step in holding yourself accountable.
This begins by switching from a place of self-pity to the perspective of having the power to make a change. To help with this tweak in mindset, acknowledge and accept the following:
- All of your choices have consequences
- Long-lasting change is derived from your long-term efforts
- Failure is an integral part of success
- Bravery is required to face the truth about who you are, the actions you take, and what you do or don’t sacrifice to recover from your addiction
- Investing in yourself is important and worthy of the time, money, and effort required
Ask for Help
At the end of the day, you are the only one who can be held accountable for the choices you make, the actions you take, and the thoughts you have. That does not mean others cannot support you and help you work toward your recovery. Asking for help is not always easy, but CBT, rehab, support groups, and treatment plans exist to provide you with the professional help you need and deserve. There is no shame in seeking it out and asking for this help.
Learn More at Alina Lodge
If you are currently struggling with drugs and alcohol, contact Alina Lodge using our secure online form or call us at 833.685.1700 today to learn more about cognitive-behavior therapy and how accountability can help you successfully recover from addiction.