1) trauma coaching and addiction recovery; and
2) trauma therapy and addiction treatment.
The major differences between the former and latter groups are the issue of accountability.
In post-trauma coaching and addiction recovery, the client is believed to have the answers to his or her problems in recovering and not in the knowledge of the practitioner. An excellent post trauma and addiction recovery coach effectiveness is based on the questions asked by the post-trauma coach which helps the client focus and come up with his or her answer that is right for them.
One way to achieve accountability is through customized writing assignments. The client is responsible for completing his or her assignments. The client is responsible for following through with writing on the assignments before next appointment. The assignments help reduce the “re-experiencing” in that it allows the client to write without feeling the past event, unlike verbally re-telling the event which occasionally causes the client to connect with the emotions that have been buried.
In the process of writing, clients come up with some of their most potent answers, great definitions, and acute accurate perceptions. Here is an example of a definition assignment that produced great definition done in a significant word. I think this word affects all survivors in his or her daily lives as well as their recovery from either trauma or addictions or both. That word is accountability.
Think about this question.
Are you as a survivor more accountable to your life or to the promises you were forced to make by the perpetrator or addicting substance?
I found this definition to be incredibly enlightening. It was written by a client who experienced childhood and adulthood abuse and has a diagnosis of complex PTSD. She also formed severe addictions to numb out the intense feelings of suffering and overwhelming emotions of hurt and shame from her PTSD symptoms. I hope that this description of the word "accountability" will empower you to affix accountability to yourself rather than following the lies of your perpetrator.
Acquiring a new mindset through re-defining old words and embedding new personal beliefs can make post trauma and addiction recovery less mentally painful.
Accountability Moving Forward
So to heal from either trauma or addictions, you need to commit to true self-accountability.
If you do then accountability will enhance your chances of healing the emotional wounds, become honest with yourself and you will be able to cast away false blame.
To make a positive change, an individual needs to embrace the issue of accountability for your actions, directions, emotions, thoughts, and reactions. A side effect of affixing accountability to yourself is that when you're in recovery focusing and thinking of accountability will cause you to spend more time in the moment. Therefore spending less time in false shame of what happened and regret of the past or predicting and projecting into the future.
Post-trauma and addiction recovery can be healed if you can stay focused on your life and health in the moment. To accomplish this first, you need to acquire new skills for living without crisis and chaos or looking backward. Second, depending on the severity of the trauma, abuse or addiction you need to seek support to help through the treatment journey.
Be accountable to yourself and grow day by day.