How to be More Accountable in Recovery

How to be More Accountable in Recovery

 

Getting sober, in and of itself, is a daunting life decision and it’s generally not an easy one. Having said that, sobriety comes with a great deal of rewards for those who stick with their recovery plan despite how difficult it can be.

Early recovery usually starts with complete acceptance of the painful reality of your past. It may sound simple, but it’s a step that allows you to move forward in your life while establishing healthy relationships with the people that are important to you. Honesty and integrity often become cornerstones in the lives of people in recovery, and to maintain honest and integrous relationships, it’s crucial to learn how to be accountable. This means having a recovery plan and staying on track while understanding how your behavior impacts the people around you.

Here are some tools and tricks that can help you to remain accountable on your journey:

  1. Stay Connected. Maintaining a strong connection with people who are understanding of your journey is a great way to maintain accountability. These people can help keep you in check, particularly if you share both your goals and personal milestones with them. These can be friends or family members, but finding others in recovery to stay connected with brings yet another level of accountability into the picture because it becomes a two-way street. If you’re all on the same journey together then you’re very likely looking out for one anothers’ best interests which include NOT picking up that drink.
  2. Find an Accountability Partner. Having an accountability partner can really help you to stay honest throughout your sobriety, particularly in the early days. Accountability partnerships are encouraged in recovery programs like AA and other fellowships, usually in the form of a sponsor-sponsee relationship. Even if you’re not in a recovery program, it can be a really good idea to find someone who’s supportive of your recovery efforts, checks in with you regularly, and doesn’t enable bad behavior.
  3. Be Honest with Yourself. By making a conscious decision to stay rigorously honest with yourself on your sobriety path, you’re making a promise to remain accountable to the one person who’s at your side at all times––YOU. After all, the primary person you’re getting sober for is yourself, and who wants to let themselves down? Start treating yourself as you would a close friend while sticking to what you’ve set out to do which is to get and stay sober. If you practice rigorous honesty, you’re no longer lying to yourself and others about your drinking. This automatically breeds and builds accountability.
  4. Find a Recovery Fellowship like AA. Recovery fellowships are an important part of sobriety for so many people who successfully remain sober over a long period. A big part of this is the accountability factor. Not only does becoming part of a recovery fellowship allow you to engage in a program that provides you with a blueprint to stay on the straight and narrow, but you’re doing so with others who are on a similar path. These programs offer continuous support and the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who all hold each other accountable.
  5. Ask for Help. Recovery does get easier with time and getting sober also tends to inspire people to make profound changes in their lives for the better. Find someone early on who can help you to get through the toughest times in early recovery. Usually someone who’s in recovery themselves is a good person to ask, and preferably someone who’s been sober for quite some time. Someone like this will know firsthand what you’re going through. They can hold you accountable for your actions while offering you the encouragement you need to stick with your recovery program.
  6. Take advantage of Alcohol Monitoring Technology. Remote alcohol monitoring can really enhance your recovery program by providing you with around-the-clock accountability at your fingertips. It’s one of the very best ways to easily track your progress while sharing it with those who care and want what’s best for you.

Maintaining long-term sobriety isn’t easy, but having the right people in your corner while taking advantage of an accountability device like those made by BACtrack can make a big difference. Tools like View allow you to share photo-verified records of your sobriety in real time directly from your smartphone. It can be a real game changer on your recovery journey. Remember, you’re not alone and you never have to be.

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