How to Master Decision Making While Addiction Recovery

Entering drug rehab treatment is the first of many decisions that a person recovering from addiction has to make. The fact that they need such a program indicates there has been at least one period of bad decision-making in the past and it might be the perfect time to master a more effective decision-making model for the future. The following steps will help you to do just that. You can use the process as it concerns seeking drug rehab treatment and then see how this decision can help you not only maintain sobriety but also make decisions in many other areas of life.

  • Decide to be open and honest about the issue. By being honest about drugs, alcohol and your own relationship to them, you make clear where things stand in your process.

  • Ask yourself why you started down the road that led to your addiction. What did you like about your drug of choice that made you want to continue?

  • Look at whether or not your use of the drugs or alcohol caused any harm. If so, is there chance of more problems down the road? If no problems can be identified, ask if you can see possible harm in the future.

  • Examine who is ultimately responsible for your problems. Know which problems you are responsible for creating and which ones were created by someone else.

  • What path are you on now and where do you want your path to end up? Be honest with yourself as to whether the path you are now on is going to help you get to your wanted destination.

  • Examine what choosing to continue using drugs or alcohol will do to you and your life. Make this determination by reviewing your previous insights. Being in drug rehab treatment can make you see things clearer.

  • Follow through on the decision you make. If something seems to be not working, go back and work through the steps again.

Challenges Abound

When you are active on the road to recovery, there are many challenges that you find yourself facing. There are encounters with old drinking/drug partners, dealing with the mistrust that may have been caused while you were actively addicted and then the situations that you chose to avoid by turning to drugs or alcohol in the first place. There may be moments when you wonder if becoming drug-free is worth it. By learning to incorporate the above seven steps to any challenges that arise, you give yourself a much greater chance of making more appropriate choices in the future.

For each challenge, be honest about what you are facing and how it is impacting you. Examine how you responded to the challenge in the past and then ask yourself if that response caused you or anyone else harm. Remind yourself of who has ultimate control over your decision. In most cases, it will be you. Ask yourself how your decision will impact where you want to go in life and then ask if choosing to respond as you did in the past will help or hinder you on that path. Finally, use the answers to make a decision.

Will following this process guarantee that you will always make an appropriate decision? No. Whenever choice is involved, there is always a chance of making a wrong decision. That is part of being human. What following this process will do is help you make more correct choices; the choices that will help you succeed rather than cause even more problems. As you become more familiar with it, the process will become easier and will see you making more good choices than poor ones.

Keep Trying

Don’t allow a poor choice to cause you to feel like you should give up trying. Making correct decisions consistently is a process that gets better with practice. You have had many years of making poor decisions. Acknowledge that the choice wasn’t the best and give it another try. Going through drug rehab treatment is the first step on a path to a future of good choices. The first step is always the most difficult.