Holding Yourself Accountable in Sober Living: The Power of Rigorous Honesty
Holding yourself accountable should be a daily practice, even if youâ€™re not in recovery. But itâ€™s vital in recovery to avoid slipping into manipulative or unhealthy behaviors. For those in recovery, the power of rigorous honesty can be the difference between staying sober and relapsing.
Learn how to hold yourself accountable in sober living to help you achieve long-term sobriety and freedom from addiction.
What Is Self-Accountability?
Self-accountability means you accept responsibility for sober living. You seek help when needed, remove yourself from triggering situations, recognize mistakes, and move toward growth goals.
When mistakes happen, which is a normal part of recovery, you take the appropriate steps to address that mistake and move back on track. You can keep growing, boost your confidence, and motivate yourself to live soberly through accountability.
You donâ€™t have to hold yourself accountable by yourself. Instead, having a support system and strategies encourages you to continually examine your behaviors, emotions, and thoughts with the help of other people and tools.
5 Ways to Hold Yourself Accountable in Sober Living
Here are five ways to start with self-accountability in sober living through honesty and humility.
1. Have an Accountability Partner
Self-accountability is challenging because thereâ€™s often no one to give an outsiderâ€™s perspective. During in-patient treatment, you remove yourself from triggers and professionals constantly monitor you.
However, when you arenâ€™t in an in-patient situation, you only have yourself to rely on. Finding an accountability partner gives you an extra level of support. An accountability partner regularly checks in to ask how you are doing. They also provide constructive feedback and can help you through triggering situations.
2. Remind Yourself of Your Goals
While you may have an accountability partner, you are still your first line of defense against cravings and urges. So, take time to invest in yourself.
Daily affirmations, consistent schedules, and goal reminders help you stay on track, even in difficult situations. You can use tools like apps for reminders, tracking behaviors, and helpful tips to resist cravings and continue your sober living.
You can also listen to podcasts, read books, and follow encouraging social media influencers who motivate you to reach your sobriety goals.
3. Be Transparent about Your Goals
You can go public with your sobriety goals and allow those around you to rally and support your endeavors.
Publishing your sobriety anniversary on social media, participating in public fundraisers promoting positive behaviors, and letting your social circles know your goals are a few ways to receive community support and accountability.
4. Create a Path with Small Milestones
The best approach to tackle sobriety is to start small. When you accomplish small wins, reward yourself and build on your successes.
Your first goal post-treatment might be to attend regular support groups. Then, you can build on your supportive community by venturing into society again. Each step is a step toward independence and addiction-free living.
5. Stay in a Supportive Environment
There are stages of recovery requiring extra accountability. For example, perhaps you just began your road to recovery, youâ€™re in a stressful or traumatic situation and donâ€™t feel confident in your ability to resist cravings, or you have relapsed and want to get back on track.
Extra accountability and support are available when you find yourself in those situations. Sober living homes are safe and nurturing environments. They allow you to remove yourself from triggering scenarios to focus on personal growth and improvement while connecting with a sobriety community.
Build Your Supportive Community
Accountability partners keep you on track and help you stay honest with yourself during recovery. Ethos Recoveryâ€™s sober living homes allow you to step away from societyâ€™s pressures. In our safe and supportive homes, you can build a community of accountability partners and receive the resources you need for self-accountability.
Contact us for more information on our sober living homes.
Author – Chris Howard
Chris Howard is the Founder and Director of Ethos Recovery. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and has served as a community advocate/mentor for men and women in recovery since 2010.