Most of us in recovery will tell you that relapse remains high on our list of our greatest fears. This is not necessarily an unhealthy fear, either, as it only takes one drink or drug to undo all the hard work we had done.
Fortunately, relapsing is a long process that does not simply happen with the blink of an eye. One of the greatest strategies for preventing a relapse is accountability.
Here we discuss some ways to remain accountable to our sobriety and our program to help prevent a relapse from ever occurring.
Build a strong support group
Building a strong support group is a great way to ensure accountability to the program.
Often times, it will be your support group who notices you are slipping in your program long before you do.
The friendships developed from support groups also will typically be some of the greatest awards from the program.
Join a homegroup
A homegroup is a meeting in which you officially join (as a “homegroup member”) and regularly attend the meeting each week and the business meeting each month.
Regularly showing up to the same meeting each week is a great source of accountability. Your fellow homegroup members will often times make up a large part of your support group as well.
Taking a commitment to provide service work for a meeting is another great way to remain accountable to the program.
A classic example of this is picking up the coffee commitment for a meeting. This is a great way to remain accountable, as the meeting will depend on us each week.
Having a sponsor you can trust
Another important way to remain accountable to sobriety is to have a sponsor to regularly call and keep in the loop of our lives.
A sponsor is meant to be a person in whom we can confide in and trust fully with what is going on in our lives. This accountability will help prevent relapses long before they become close to happening.
Joining an alumni group
For those of us who attended treatment, there will often times be an alumni foundation in which we can join. This will usually give us opportunities to attend alumni functions and/or regular alumni meetings.
Alumni groups also will typically be a great source for opportunities to provide service work for the program or the treatment center.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.