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The key to preventing relapse is accountability

December 28, 2021

It’s True, the key to preventing relapse is possessing accountability. 

While in recovery, many will tell you that relapse remains high on the list of their greatest fears. This is not necessarily an unhealthy fear, as it only takes one single substance to undo all the hard work you accomplished. 

Fortunately, relapsing is a long process that doesn’t simply happen in the blink of an eye. Listen to this and write it down: accountability is the greatest strategy for preventing a relapse.

Here are some strategies to help you remain accountable to your sobriety and our programming to help prevent a relapse from happening. 

Build a solid support group

Building a strong support group is one way to ensure accountability to the recovery process.

Often, it’ll be your support group who notices you’re falling off your program long before you do.

The friendships developed from support groups are one of the greatest awards from the program. These are the people you can confide in, rely on, trust they have your best interest at hand, and support. 

Find a sponsor you can trust

Another important way to remain accountable to sobriety is to have a sponsor to call regularly, keeping them in the know of your experiences and sobriety.

A sponsor is meant to be a person that we can confide in and trust fully with what is going on in our lives. This accountability can help prevent relapses long before they become close to happening.

Join an alumni group

For those who attend treatment at True, we have an awesome alumni group that you can join. In our alumni program at True, you’ll become part of a dedicated recovery community that provides ongoing support and services long after you leave treatment. You’ll stay connected with staff and a network of sober peers to strengthen your recovery, and you’ll be able to share your experiences with others on a similar path. 

No matter where you’re at in the recovery process, building up a strong support system through an alumni program can enhance your experience and help you maintain your sobriety for years to come.

Participating in service work

Volunteering and serving others is one of the most gratifying contributions we can make as people, especially while in recovery. Participating in service work has the power to enhance a sense of belonging and help us become a part of something bigger than ourselves. 

Whether you’re available to volunteer at a local organization a couple of times per week or once per month…both experiences can help you feel great about your contributions to the world, which can help prevent a relapse from occurring. 

Accountability is everything. Remember your goals.