Accountability is a critical element in recovery. It helps keep you grounded, gives you a sense of routine, and sometimes it might be what keeps you going in sobriety when your motivation to stay clean is running low. Because accountability comes in so many forms, it will look different in every individual’s recovery. Here is a look a some of the many ways that you might find and build accountability in your own recovery.
Your support system
First, and foremost, it’s important to develop a support system of family members, friends, and fellow recovering addicts whom you can count on to help hold you accountable in your recovery. You might choose one or two “accountability partners” who will check in on you each day, asking how you are progressing in your recovery. Often, those in recovery will choose to have an accountability partner who is either navigating recovery with them, someone who has successfully overcome addiction, or someone who has professional experience mentoring individuals in recovery.
In addition to your support system, it can help to reach out to others online who are fighting the same recovery battles that you are. Online forums are helpful to many individuals who find accountability by reporting their progress and successes to fellow recovering addicts via an online platform.
Fortunately in today’s mobile world, there are also apps that you can use to help hold you accountable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can use an app to track how long you have been sober, manage emotions, track triggers, receive daily inspiration, and more.
Finally, it is vitally important to remember the importance of self-accountability in recovery. There are a great many people and tools out there to help you maintain a sense of responsibility in your recovery, but at the end of the day, you must be able to be honest with yourself on your own recovery. Fortunately, a comprehensive addiction recovery program can help you find the tools and build the attributes you need to hold yourself accountable in recovery.
Here at Renaissance Ranch, we understand the importance of accountability and personal integrity in recovery. That is why as part of our outpatient program, we spend time helping our clients develop honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness as they relate to recovery. To learn more about our comprehensive program, visit our Services page.