What it Means to Take Responsibility in Recovery


Road to Recovery

Recovery is often a time where we learn the most about ourselves. We gain more understanding of our shortcomings, our beliefs, our inner turmoil and how what we’ve gone through has affected us in a variety of ways. These new discoveries serve as a beautiful pain, because we grow and transform towards making ourselves a better person who is more equipped with facing the many challenges that life throws our way.

Many people who have been in long-term recovery say, “I’m not that person anymore.” This is at the core of self-responsibility, because they have accepted their part in addiction and have actively chosen to work towards overcoming it. As stated in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol Series, many people with addiction engage in denial, rationalization, evasion, defensiveness, manipulation, and resistance. This lack of self-responsibility prevents these individuals from seeking treatment that could change their lives for the better.

The first step towards taking responsibility is to admit that you have a problem. This task can be much more difficult than it seems for a person with addiction – but it’s well worth it. Momentous change can occur once a person begins taking some responsibility for their own suffering. From there, entering a reputable treatment program can provide you the opportunity to learn more about addiction and the ways in which you’ve contributed to it. Most likely, you will learn of the ways you’ve impacted your children, your home life and relationships, your work situation, your social standing, your finances, health, and more.

It may sound dreadful to learn of all the ways in which you’ve caused further harm on yourself and others – after all, nobody likes to face these realities. However, accepting responsibility and moving past this is the way towards believing, thinking, and acting in ways that are more recovery-focused. After all, as Oprah Winfrey stated,

You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.”

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse treatment program. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. If you’re seeking a treatment center that focuses primarily on mental health, call our parent property, New Vista Behavioral Health, at 855-398-7959. If you’re seeking treatment for either substance abuse or dual diagnosis, call us at 888-743-0490. There are many people that can help you develop the tools you need to succeed.