Life in recovery can be exciting and sometimes scary. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and start to change and grow. As you learn more about yourself and the way your brain works, you’ll also begin to focus on the future. The past in the past and you’ll make amends for it when you’re ready for that step. For now, it’s time to work on regaining your trust and becoming a productive member of society. It’s time to start taking responsibility for your life.
What Does Taking Responsibility Mean?
If you’re in recovery, you have already taken the first step toward responsibility. You’ve decided you have an addiction, and you need help. Treatment will give you the time and space you need to learn about your addiction and how to recover. If being responsible feels scary, remember that you have taken responsibility for your addiction.
For many people, being responsible means getting and keeping employment, taking care of health needs, going to 12-step meetings and meeting financial and family obligations. You’re also responsible for your own actions and reaction in life. If you do something wrong, you should do your best to make it right.
As you begin to work the steps, you’ll learn more about how addiction has affected others. The twelve steps will help you be responsible for the things you’ve done in the past. But what about the things that require responsibility right now?
Being Responsible in the Daily World
Taking responsibility in early recovery means taking small steps. Go to meetings, talk with your sponsor, and do the things you say you’re going to do.
You may have a job you’re starting or returning to, and this means practicing principles of honesty, hard work, and responsibility in your work life. You don’t have to tell anyone you are in recovery if you don’t want to, but you should do your best to act in a way that reflects well on people with a substance use disorder.
Paying bills or working out payment plans will also be a part of becoming responsible again. Don’t let others do the hard work for you – this is enabling, and it’s not helping you grow and change into a citizen of the world.
When you tell family or friends you’re going to show up and do something, such as help with a birthday party or giving your child a ride to work, make sure you do it. It’s a good idea to start giving family commitments priority if you’re trying to heal relationships. These little steps offer significant returns. People appreciate these gestures and you will help build trust in the long term.
Taking Your Time
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and in recovery, no one is perfect. Make sure to take time out for self-care, which is also a way of being responsible. If you can’t function because you’ve spread yourself too thin, you can’t be accountable or make decisions that help your recovery.
Do you or somebody you know need help with an addiction? Get help and begin the path to healing. Give us a call at 1-877-228-2401 to learn more about our programs and what they can offer. You deserve to live a happy and full life, but you can’t do it while under the influence of a substance use disorder.