If you’re a recovering addict, an accountability partner is key to your success. They are a peer who knows how difficult recovery can be, and they can help you in a number of ways to maintain your sobriety.
Let’s take a look at 5 ways an accountability partner can help you on your sobriety journey.
1. An Accountability Partner Helps You Take Ownership
An accountability partner will help you take ownership of your addiction. When you are able to be honest and transparent about your addiction, you’re effectively taking ownership, that is, responsibility, for it.
An accountability partner is someone you can talk to you openly without fear of judgment. They understand what you’re going through and can help you avoid the pitfalls of recovery. They will help you to face the reasons for your addiction and stay sober.
2. They Help You Build Your Self-Esteem
An accountability partner is someone who knows just how difficult your sobriety journey is and how brave you are for entering recovery. They understand because they’ve been through it themselves.
They will boost your self-esteem by helping you work through your feelings of shame and guilt for what you’ve done under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When you get rid of those negative emotions, you start to feel better about yourself, and that’s a great motivator to stay the course.
3. Accountability Partners Can Spot Trouble on the Horizon
An accountability partner can sometimes see things you’re too close to see. They will notice when you fall back into bad habits that can lead to a relapse.
If they can help you to spot troubling behaviors or patterns of thinking before you succumb to temptation, you can get back on the right path. Your accountability partner will be there to help you do just that.
4. They Offer an Objective Perspective
Many addicts have their problem because of old trauma that they are trying to numb. That can make it very difficult for them to objectively assess their risk for relapse and problematic behaviors and environments that can trigger their bad habits.
An accountability partner, however, can objectively see that you might need some extra help. They can advise you when it might be time to seek professional help.
5. Accountability Partners Reduce the Risk of Relapse
Research has found that accountability partners both strengthen your capacity for social integration and promote your recovery. That’s the bottom line.
By being someone you can turn to when times get tough, your accountability partner can be an enormous asset on your sobriety journey. They are a vital part of your success.
Sober Sidekick Gives You 24/7 Access to a Peer Community
Sober Sidekick is a social media platform that you can access through an app on your smartphone. It gives you 24/7 access to helpful services like virtual AA meetings and addiction counseling.
It also is a great platform for reaching out to an accountability partner to enhance your chances of recovery success. You can do and the peer community at Sober Sidekick is here to help!