It is human nature to look for the reason an event happens, but often it is a destructive practice. This is definitely the case when an amphetamine addict seeks to assign blame for his or her addiction. Nothing positive can come out of walking down the blame path.
Blaming Others Removes Personal Responsibility
An addict might land in a place where she blames her home life or traumatic events for forcing her into an amphetamine addiction as a way to escape. There is definitely truth to the idea that difficulties in life increase the allure of an escape through addictive behavior.
But an addict must come to grips with the fact that only he can choose to continue the addiction or seek help. In the vast majority of cases, he is not being forced to use drugs and he must accept personal responsibility. This is an important first step toward regaining control and breaking the power of the amphetamine addiction.
Self-Blame Without a Commitment to Change Saps Momentum
The other person to blame for an addiction is the addict herself, but this can also be a destructive practice. When an individual blames herself for her current life circumstances, without an equally strong commitment to change, a poor self-image is the result.
A poor self-image often saps the momentum and motivation needed to successfully navigate the difficult road of recovery. With a poor self-image, the addict believes failure is inevitable. She may even assume she cannot expect more than addiction from herself. The amphetamine user may choose to accept the lie that he does not deserve a life free from addiction.
Accentuate the Positive
Rather than looking back to assign blame, an individual should instead accentuate and focus on the positive. Here are five practical ways to make this choice:
- Focusing on the present, where the recovering addict can make wise choices to avoid addiction and relapse.
- Celebrating small victories, or accentuating the positive, is a vital skill to develop. Each hour, each day, each week of sobriety is a victory and it should be treated as such.
- Limiting the involvement of negative or triggering individuals in an addict’s life, even if they are family members.
- Creating new habits that support the recovering addict in avoiding drug use and negative behavior. It could include something as simple as changing the path she walks to the grocery store in order to avoid her dealer. It will definitely include new hobbies to fill the day with positive activities and momentum.
- Believing that the future will be an addiction-free future. She should dream of having more stability in her life as a result of being free from amphetamines. She could consider how it would feel to restore relationships that were damaged by addiction.
Focusing on the positive can help and addict move forward; assigning blame will cause him to dwell in the past.
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