written by Marcelina Cosby c/o ’24 – Albertus Magnus University
As a community, its imperative that we understand that substance abuse refers to the harmful and excessive use of substances such as drugs or alcohol. Many times there are significant negative effects on a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being, as well as their personal relationships and overall quality of life.
Let’s discuss how accountability is an important aspect of addressing substance abuse. It
involves taking responsibility for one’s actions, choices, and the impact of substance abuse on oneself and others. Here are some ways accountability can play a role in overcoming substance abuse:
1.Taking ownership of one’s actions. Understanding theirs a problem with substance
2.Seeking treatment for substance abuse, attending therapy sessions, treatment plans with your healthcare provider as well as changing your lifestyle.
3.Surronding yourself with people that can hold you accountable, people that are
supportive. Some of these people wont always be family but rather sponsors and even
support groups. The goal is to have people around you that can give you honest feedback and keep it real.
4.Setting realistic goals: Accountability can be enhanced by setting realistic and
achievable goals for recovery. Breaking down larger goals into smaller, attainable milestones can help individuals stay focused and motivated. Assessing one’s progress and celebrating achievements can further reinforce accountability.
5.Regularly reflecting on your thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Utilizing a journal for self-
awareness helps in developing strategies to overcome challenges.
6.Determination that sparks and fuels resilience. Accountability strengthens by developing resilience to cope with setbacks and temptation. Healthy coping skills or even stress management techniques are a great addition. Resilience gives someone the ok to be able to bounce back from setbacks and get back on track for ones journey towards recover.
There are several factors that can contribute to substance abuse. One of the main causes is the presence of underlying mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder  . Substance abuse can also be influenced by genetics, as individuals with a family history of addiction are more likely to develop a substance use disorder  . Environmental factors, such as peer pressure, a history of trauma, or a lack of parental involvement can also contribute to the development of substance abuse  . Additionally, the type of substance abused and the method of use can also play a role in the development of addiction  .
It’s important to note that substance abuse is a complex issue and there is no single cause that can explain why someone develops a substance use disorder. However, understanding the factors that could contribute to substance abuse can help individuals and their loved ones take preventative measures and seek help when necessary.
The Winning Circle Series are specially designed groups offered to anyone that is experiencing re-entry and recovery!
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- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2016). Co-occurring
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