As you progress in recovery, you may reflect on your behavior while using substances and feel extreme guilt. Friends and family members may also share their negative experiences with you, letting you know how you acted and how those actions made them feel. Confronting negative behavior is unpleasant but necessary for your personal growth.

Listen to your loved ones and acknowledge your past transgressions. Recognizing these behaviors should motivate you to become your healthiest sober self. Don’t allow guilt to overwhelm you, but do honestly evaluate your behavior and use these experiences to shape you into the person you want to be.

The Mayo Clinic lists a lack of self-control as a symptom of substance use disorder. Displaying uncharacteristic behaviors such as violent outbursts, self-isolation, or refusal to attend to responsibilities can all be attributed to the effects of constant substance abuse.

Your mental and emotional functionality was stunted by addiction, causing you to act in unusual ways. The addiction is not your fault, nor are the associated behaviors. It is, however, your responsibility to seek recovery and make amends with those you hurt. Once you take ownership of your addiction, you will be able to manage it.

Your loved ones understand the health detriment of addiction, and they want you to heal. They, too, deserve to recover from the pain you may have unintentionally caused while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances. An apology is a good first step, but it is rarely sufficient. To show them that you are serious about promoting your health and theirs, enroll in support groups, find a therapist, and follow your recovery plan.

Your positive words and actions will reveal your efforts to manage addiction. Substance use disorder brought pain in the past, but each day you spend chasing recovery and avoiding relapse proves how strong you are. The disease of addiction is never your fault, and when you understand that, you will be able to heal from it.

If you are ready to start your journey to recovery, call Alta Loma Transformational Services today. You know your needs better than anybody else, and our team of mental health and addiction recovery experts will work with you to develop a unique treatment plan that works for you. At Alta Loma, we want to equip you with the tools you need to enjoy a lifetime of mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Your recovery is our priority. Please call us today at (866) 457-3843 for a consultation.