Accountability is one of the most important parts of life in recovery. Beginning the practice of accountability during rehab can help to improve someone’s daily life. The person entering the recovery world can learn to take responsibility and begin working to change behaviors. Learning how to begin changing the thought processes that led to addiction is vital to living a successful life in recovery.
Accountability can encourage growth and responsibility. It can also repair relationships and recover trust and closeness. Understanding not only what it means to be accountable, but being accountable in recovery is an important part of living life in recovery and free of alcohol and drug addiction. Fortunately, we offer 12-Step programs that teach accountability and relationship repair.
But what is accountability, and how does accountability help in everyday life? Webster’s dictionary defines accountability as “the obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions”. Anyone in recovery can say that remaining teachable and accountable has gotten them to the point they’re at. It’s being able to admit wrongs and take responsibility for one’s actions.
Then working to prevent a repetition of those negative behaviors. These are crucial to avoiding negative impacts on someone’s life in recovery. Accountability during rehab can be the beginning step to someone learning how to maintain a level of accountability. As a result, this can be beneficial in recovery. Being able to identify behaviors that could potentially cause harm, or that have caused harm to loved ones, is important for relationship healing.
Accountability during recovery is not only taking responsibility, and apologizing for the behaviors but also changing those behaviors. This is what it means to be accountable, and it also shows loved ones that there is an intention to live a better life.
Many people who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol have spent many years making excuses, apologizing, and then returning to the same hurtful, damaging behaviors. Sometimes it’s unintentional. Practicing accountability during rehab can seem futile, as oftentimes loved ones tend to feel like they’ve heard this before and there will be no change.
However, this is where the changed behaviors come in. Holding oneself accountable, taking responsibility, and then working to change the hurtful behaviors is what leads to healing. Accountability during rehab begins with recognizing the wrong and hurtful things that have been done. Identifying this can open the door to change. Accountability in recovery also has a more specific definition where the person becomes transparent with life’s struggles and when things are tough.
Having a support system to talk to and let them know when things are hard, and life is challenging is one way to maintain accountability in recovery. These friends and supports can help to point out where things are lacking and behaviors that could be indicative of relapse. Having a reliable support system in recovery can help to keep someone on a path to recovery and help to avoid relapses from occurring.
Taking responsibility for and changing behaviors is always the first step to healing relationships that have been impacted. When practicing accountability during rehab, keeping in mind that loved ones may not be very receptive is important. Because the behaviors leading to the damaged relationships caused harm, the pain may still be prevalent.
However, when taking responsibility and apologizing, remember that implementing a plan of action to change the behavior is crucial to begin to heal these fractured relationships. Accountability during rehab can be beneficial because if the loved ones don’t take well to the accountability, there is a buffer there to help as someone begins to process feelings toward the situation. Having a counselor there to be able to express frustration or hurt can be highly beneficial.
Going through the life changes of removing the substances is hard, and then having to address problems caused due to behaviors stemming from those substances can be taxing. However, addressing those things in a safe environment, with a professional who can help work through the negative feelings that may arise is one of the best options.
Remaining accountable during rehab and after can help to maintain the healing of these relationships that may have been altered or broken during the addiction to drugs and alcohol. The longer someone stays clean and sober, and the more work they put into changing behaviors that could be detrimental to them and those who love them, the more likely they are to have a positive experience with healing relationships.
Substance abuse is a main factor in many broken relationships, as well as feelings of low self-esteem and life problems. Becoming free of these substances and beginning a life of recovery can be one of the best decisions someone can make for themselves.
It can lead to healing relationships and healing the self. If you or a loved one are struggling with substances, Lexington Recovery Center is available to help begin the recovery process.
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