Alcoholics need to be held accountable to family, friends, children, as well as their counselors and support group. Without accountability an alcoholic can easily go off track and go back into old habits without worrying about the consequences. When they must answer to a group of people that are monitoring their progress they will work harder and do their best to stay sober.
Addiction and a Lack of Accountability
When a person is in the midst of an addiction, they avoid being responsible for their actions and will do anything to continue their behavior. Their loss of control over their addiction leads them to lie and hide the extent of their abuse. They could withdraw from friends and family members so that they do not have to answer to them or reveal how much their excessive drinking has been impacting their life. The isolated lifestyle of an alcoholic allows them the chance to avoid any kind of accountability that would make them to see how much their behavior affects everyone around them. When no one knows the full extent of their behavior they are not faced with as many consequences or the disappointment of friends and family. While in recovery, alcoholics must learn to be more responsible for their actions and be honest about what they are doing and where they've been. It will no longer benefit to lie or hide to the people around them which would only hinder their progress.
The First Steps to Being Accountable
Once an alcoholic enters recovery, they first must be held accountable to the people in their treatment center. It is the first step in being more honest and open especially to those that are helping them in their journey to sobriety. Alcoholics will no longer be able to do as they please but must follow a schedule and be monitored by staff at the rehab facility. It can be a difficult transition but it is necessary for them to end their secretive and self-absorbed behavior. In recovery, alcoholics also must begin to share more with others and discuss their emotions with counselors, therapists and people in their support group. It might feel uncomfortable and strange as alcoholics typically don't talk about their addiction so that they can avoid judgment from others. Opening up and sharing their story can eventually be cathartic for alcoholics and it is a way for them to develop the skill of being accountable to their peers and mentors.
Responsibility to Friends and Family
After an alcoholic has been through many of the early steps and learned a number of important skills in rehab they will have to start being accountable to their closest friends, relatives and other people in their life. If they continue to isolate themselves from those around them then they will surely slip back into their old way of behaving. An alcoholic must learn to confide in their close relationships and always be honest about their actions. Even if they make a mistake or do the wrong thing they must be held accountable at all times. While dealing with their addiction, an alcoholic may have made many broken promises. Recovery is the time for them to be more trustworthy and responsible so that they do everything they say they are going to do.