“This is the year I quit.”
If you’ve made that New Year’s resolution before, you’re not alone. This time of year, many individuals grappling with drinking and drugs promise themselves they’ll stip. But stopping is not as simple as announcing you’re going to stop – because you aren’t only stopping one thing. You’re beginning another: recovery.
Recovery takes determination, time, and support. A New Year’s resolution, while well-intentioned, should be backed up by planning practical steps you can take to make lasting change.
As you strive to create a new you this new year, try making smaller, more manageable resolutions that address your addiction. Then, celebrate each step that leads you down the path to a full recovery.
Practical New Year’s Resolutions for a Successful Recovery
Alcohol use disroder is a condition that affects the portion of your brain that controls rational decision makeing. If you make a grandiose resolution to quit drugs or alcohol cold turkey, you’re probably setting yourself up for failure.
Recovery from alcohol and substance use disorder happens by making a series of positive changes to you daily behavior. Even the smallest New Year’s resolutions made in recovery can accumulate until sobriety is an achievable goal.
Here are our recommendations for practical New Year’s resolutions that can take you one step closer towards a life in recovery.
Remember Recovery Is About Process
Progress, not perfection, is what you need to aim for. Recognize and celebrate your achievements in order to remind yourself you’re on the right track. If you haven’t yet reached your ultimate goal of quitting drugs or alcohol, you can recognize that you’re one step closer than you were yesterday. That doesn’t mean you should aim low, but you should aim for what is possible.
Continued progress is what defines a successful recovery journey.
Make One Positive Lifestyle Change
A healthy change doesn’t have to be drastic. Something as simple as eating three meals a day or getting a full night’s sleep will help you realize that change is possible. Exercise, reading more, cutting back on social media — all these positive lifestyle changes will get you in the right frame of mind and on track to make significant changes in your behavior. Make a change. Make a small change. Watch how it does wonders for your mind, body, and spirit.
Lean on a Loved One for Support
Having a healthy support network is one of the keys to sustained recovery. Your friends and family may not fully understand what you’re going through, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Instead of pushing your loved ones away, make an extra effort to reach out. Choose a select few you know you can lean on for support. Open up to them, share your struggles, and listen closely to what they say: you may find the support you need to give you an added boost of confidence.
Share Your Thoughts at AA, NA or Another 12-Step Meeting
If your friends and family aren’t in a position to give you the support you need, you will find help and hope when you attend AA, NA or another 12-step meeting. You may feel vulnerable or scared – but that’s okay. Most people at AA or NA have experienced the same kind of fear and vulnerability. You can be open and honest at meeting. That’s what they’re for. AA or NA peers won’t be shocked or offended. Believe us when we say that if there are any program old-timers around, they’ve heard it all before. All of it. That’s one thing that makes these programs so effective: the depth and breadth of real-world experience present in a meeting is hard to match anywhere else. Learning practical tips and hearing advice from people who’ve walked miles and miles in your shoes can make a big difference.
Find Treatment Program
January 1st is a totally arbitrary date. Any day is the perfect time to take the steps needed to get clean and healthy. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey, Beacon House is here to help. Our treatment center on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula focuses on individualized care to address your specific recovery needs.