Taking Inventory in Addiction and Alcohol Recovery
Monday, May 11 2015 Kira Lesley
Taking personal inventory in addiction and alcohol recovery on a regular basis is critical. Working through a situation by taking inventory in addiction and alcohol recovery is an empowering process.
Feelings and Actions Inventory in Addiction and Alcohol Recovery
All 12-step programs require what they call a "moral inventory" as one of the steps. But the practice of monitoring one's feelings and actions and trying to determine underlying motivation is a tool that can fit into anyone's recovery program, both for addiction recovery and mental illness recovery.
I recently began a training program to become a Peer Support Specialist. This week we learned about conflict resolution techniques. One of the techniques for dealing with conflict was to have the parties involved write down the specific behavior or situation that was causing them trouble and why--another way of taking an inventory. Once people began to focus on specific issues, rather than throwing around generalizations and blame, they create a space for resolution.
Addiction Recovery Inventory as Empowerment
My favorite part of taking inventories as part of my program of recovery from alcoholism and addiction is that it empowers me to make a change. Through the process of writing out what is bothering me, why it is bothering me, what my part is and what I can do differently, I realize I'm not stuck in my negative emotions. Taking inventories in addiction recovery has provided me with valuable insight into myself, my fears, my opportunities for growth and the progress I've made.