An accountability partner in Celebrate Recovery is someone you ask to hold you accountable for certain areas of your recovery or issues, such as attendance, journaling, and so forth. This person can be at the same level of recovery as you are, unlike a sponsor, who should have completed the eight principles or 12 Steps. The main goal of this relationship is to encourage one another. You can even form an accountability team of three or four. The accountability partner or group acts as the “team”, whereas the sponsor’s role is that of a “coach”.
Prerequisites for Accountability Partners
- actively attending Celebrate Recovery meetings
- sharing a similar area of recovery
- must be same sex
- developing deeper relationship with Christ
- demonstrating growth in their recovery.
A = Accountability
- identify with the same area of recovery in order to understand the specific struggles and have the same recovery goals
- you must have ongoing accountability. Regardless of the length of our recovery, we all need accountability.
T = Teamwork
- attend meetings and events together. The process of recovery is based on the “we” system, not the “I” system.
E = Encouragement
- be an encourager. When you see positive behavior, even if it seems insignificant, remember that encouraging each other gives the feeling of accomplishment. And that positive reinforcement is a foundational step in building more positive behavior.
A = Ask for Help
- be willing to be vulnerable. It is by exposing our weaknesses to each other that we are able to ask for what we need. If we don’t ask for help . . . we won’t get any!
- challenge your accountability partners. Keep each other motivated and excited about the miracles and blessings in your lives