There are three keys to sobriety: desperation, surrender, and community. And a part of community is accountability. You need to have someone in your life whom you hold accountable for their sobriety, and you need to be accountable to someone else.
The Bible says it like this: “Set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).
Peter Bregman, leadership expert and best-selling author, offers five ways to hold someone accountable. He says accountability demands the following:
- Clear expectations
- Clear capability
- Clear measurement
- Clear feedback
- Clear consequences
Can you can stay on track without the help of someone else? I suppose that’s possible, but I’ve never seen it done.
Recovery Step: Ask God to bring two people into your life – someone who will be accountable to you, and someone to whom you will be accountable.