There are many myths and misconceptions associated with having an addiction, whether it’s to alcohol and drugs. However, the fact that you need to have ways in which to hold yourself accountable for your addiction is not one. There are those that need to be dispelled, but there are also ways that you can work hard to hold yourself accountable for your own addiction and to keep yourself on the path to recovery.
Get a Breathalyzer for Your Car
One of the top ways to hold yourself accountable is to get a breathalyzer for your car. This device is lockable and makes you take a test before the car will start. In this way, you’re protecting your life and the lives of innocent people on the road. If you’ve found yourself getting ticketed with too many DUIs, you may be required to outfit one.
Find an Accountability Partner
One of the hardest things after leaving a treatment center like those offered by Georgia Drug Detox Center is having to continue your sobriety alone. That is why it is so important to find an accountability partner to help you along the way. An accountability partner can help you avoid your triggers, check in to see how you’re doing and be the friend you need on your road to staying sober. They know what you’re going through, because they’ve been there, making it a two-way relationship, where you help him and he helps you. Choose someone that you can count on, because when you hit a tough period, you’ll need that pillar of support.
Keep a List of What You Stand to Lose
One way to hold yourself accountable on your road to recovery is by making a list of what you stand to lose if you fall off the path, so to speak. From the respect of your family to the career you’ve carved out for yourself since you have gotten help, along with your self-confidence self-respect, there are a lot of things that you’ll lose if you fall back into your addiction. Make that list and keep it with you. Glancing at it from time to time when temptation strikes just might help you to overcome temptation.
Stay Connected/Avoid Isolation
One of the easiest things to fall into when you have an addiction is isolation. To hide your vices, you lose touch with friends, family, and even the world at some point. Once you’re on the road to recovery, it’s important to avoid that isolation by staying connected to the ones you love. This does not mean to get in touch with friends who had or have the same addictions that you do. You want to surround yourself with friends and family that have your best interests at heart, not those that are battling addictions of their own.
These are just a few ways that you can keep yourself accountable when you’re on the road to recovery from an addiction. Getting sober is already hard, these tips will help you to stay that way, with a little help along the way.