Accountability (ac-count-a-bil-i-ty): The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.
Accountability is an important trait for individuals who are working to make a change in their life. Taking responsibility for your actions will help your recovery process and increase your chances of staying sober. In addition, accountability will allow you to gain the most out of your recovery process because not only will you have physical sobriety, but you will have emotional sobriety as well.
Addiction is difficult to overcome and is a long process. Often those who are struggling with addiction or substance abuse tend to feel less connected to others. This disconnect can be due to the way alcohol or drugs affect our cognitive and emotional patterns. Those suffering from addiction tend to struggle with shame, guilt and even depression, thus removing themselves from social situations. Because of this, some avoid looking for professional help due to their uncertainty of confronting their addiction. Unfortunately, this reason is why those who are going through recovery have difficulty remaining accountable for their actions.
One of the best ways to stay accountable is to be accountable to someone(s) in your life. For example, having a friend, a family member or an addiction counsellor to hold you responsible can be extremely helpful. If this person is also sober, you can set goals and check in with each other regularly, an accountability partner. What is the importance of staying accountable during your recovery process?
For one, it will help you stay on track. During recovery, there are always temptations that will make you run off your course. Having someone to stay accountable to can provide you with all the support you need to make your journey easier. They can help guide you back on the right path.
Recovery can take a long time, and it is common to feel the urge to give up on your process during this time. These are unavoidable thoughts, but you must remain strong. Having someone you are accountable to can give you all the motivation you need to stay focused and make them proud.
While you are in your recovery process, there are various triggers that you may not know about, and without knowing your triggers, there is a high risk for relapse. With the right person you are accountable to, they can help you identify your weaknesses and triggers.
Recovery is not easy, but House of Courage is here to be your accountability partner. We know how difficult it is to stay sober alone. So let us be the support that you seek; contact us for anything.