Setting New Year’s resolutions and goals for recovery would be great — if only we had a foolproof way of making sure we could keep them. For many who are on the path to recovery from addiction, it would be nice if the New Year were a magical time when drugs or alcohol could be given up completely.
The reason resolutions for those in recovery usually fail by the end of the first month is that it takes more than will power to stop using drugs or alcohol. To enjoy more new years in recovery, it’s ideal to follow an evidence-based treatment plan. This plan includes medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy and a 12-step addiction recovery program.
Suggested Resolutions for Addicts
When there’s adequate treatment and consistent, small, positive changes are made over time, addiction recovery can be accomplished whether it’s January 1 or July 30. That said, if you feel you must set resolutions at the start of the new year, here are some tips that will be of great benefit to you:
- Be responsible for your own actions: Be ready to stop blaming other people for your present situation. Take responsibility for where you are now, and be ready to do all you can to get on the path to addiction recovery. The first resolution should be to make your own decisions.
- Accept the support of loved ones: If you have friends or family members who want to help you, don’t stay away from them. Take the time to seek out a group of loved ones you’ll depend on for support. Confide in them and give them a chance to really help you.
- Make a change to improve your health: Take a step — not a perfect step, but make a little effort to do something extra to improve your health and fitness. You can start taking a brisk walk for 20 minutes in the evening, or maybe you can eat two more healthy and balanced meals daily. You might also decide to sleep for seven hours every night. These steps can lead to overcoming your addiction.
Why Is the New Year a Difficult Time to Make Resolutions?
The New Year is a tough time to make resolutions concerning addiction recovery because it comes with excessive expectations, which can cause you to panic. Loved ones may also have high expectations about you that may drive you to make resolutions under emotional pressure.
Always remember that addiction is a disease that alters the brain and makes you feel as if drugs are essential, like food and water. Without additional addiction treatment and professional help and support, your willpower alone is unlikely to see you through to recovery.
Let’s Help You Make Your Recovery Dream a Reality
At Gateway, we offer a warm, friendly, caring, effective and comprehensive addiction recovery treatment. Call us today to make your dream of recovery in the New Year a reality.
We’ll provide evidence-based, high-quality treatment that enables you to understand how to overcome cravings for drugs or alcohol. Our plans include medication-assisted treatment and a 12-step program. We’ll show you how to avoid relapse triggers and enjoy the support of loved ones on your road to recovery. Give us a call today at 877.381.6538 or use our contact page to reach out to us immediately.