As I come up on some big addiction milestones, I have realized in my life that every action that you make is your own decision and your own doing. Unless you have been forced into your addiction, being addicted to something is a choice that you made. Refusing to stand up to your choices and accept that you made them in the first place will never get you anywhere.
In the same way that denial will not help, not holding responsibility for the things that you do will only make it even harder for you to stop your addictions. Be accountable for your actions, your choices, and decisions. Be accountable for your whole life and recovery will follow.
Breaking Free of Your Bad Habits Requires Accountability
Without accountability, you will never be successful with your recovery from your addictions. A primary aspect of active addiction is the attempt to make the people around you that you are not using use. Many addicts take on an expertise to make it look as if everything is going well while simultaneously avoiding the responsibilities, consequences and just choosing to live in denial. Trust me, I know, I did this for years.
Part of making healthy changes is starting to lead a responsible and honest life. Being accountable for your past, present and future is a major step in you completely recovering from your addictions. Accountability comes with multiple facets and it starts with accepting your responsibility for everything that has happened in the past.
Playing the victim is one tough habit to let go of that most recovering addicts will be able to relate to. It is just all too easy for you to put the blame on other people for what happened to you instead of accepting the responsibility for the actions that you made. At the end of the day, you have to accept that the choices made in the past are all of your doing. Now we all know that there can be external sources that cause us to choose one direction or the other, it’s knowing which path to take is the hard part.
It is impossible to learn from your past mistakes if you will not be accountable for them. However, it does not mean that you have to feel ashamed or beat yourself up for what you did. Everyone makes mistakes but you can take a major step forward if you will accept responsibility for the bad choices that you made.
To stop your bad habits, you need to be accountable for yourself. Addiction can destroy several aspects of your life, including your body, mind and spirit. Recovery gives you the chance of healing all of your past wounds. You have to take care of yourself by including day to day responsibilities like the way you eat, the way you react to people around you and the way you think.
This will also mean setting up a more positive future for yourself through creating good goals and actively improving how you look at life in general. Recovery is your best chance of living the life that you are meant to live so you better make the most of it.
You are the only one accountable for your actions and your life. By holding yourself accountable for your past and your progress to recovery, you will be able to take a gigantic step towards leading a healthier and more balanced life.
Now this all being said, I love my cannabis and my cannabis and #weedcash communities, but we can all be held accountable at times and remember that everything is about moderation. I have to tell myself this with cannabis, especially when my nerves and anxiety go crazy. I will smoke way more than I need to, so I have to learn to work more with meditation to help keep my cannabis intake in check.
Next month will be a year that I have quit drinking coffee and most other drinks with caffeine, except the occasional green tea. In October, I will be completely nicotine free for 2 years! That to this day has been one of my biggest accomplishments! I was able to knock all the hard drugs and such years ago. Now I only stick to medicinal herbs and other natural medicines and I can’t be happier with my decisions! But… sometimes I need to be held accountable as well to keep myself in check. Everybody needs some kind of accountability buddy. So find someone you trust to help keep you in check.
So in the immortal words of Ice Cube “You better check yourself before you wreck yourself!”
Be Cool, Be Real, and Abide!