Did you make any resolutions this year? The beginning of a new year is a time when people reflect on their lives and choose to make changes in their habits and behavior or set goals to work towards self-improvement. These goals often range from losing some weight or starting an exercise routine, to seeking a new job or relationship, or breaking a bad habit such as alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
Making such resolutions can be a healthy step in the right direction, and for people struggling with addiction, this can be a time of profound change; when they decide they have had enough of the damage drugs or alcohol have wrought on their life, and make the choice to free themselves of their dependence.
Unfortunately, these resolutions are far too often based on hopeful thoughts rather than a specific course of action; it is for this reason that few people actually stick to their New Year’s goals. Now that we are a month into 2014, idealistic resolutions are falling by the wayside as people revert back into old and familiar habits and discard their goals as too difficult or unrealistic to achieve, rationalizing that they were comfortable in their old routines.
But there are some resolutions that are too important to be abandoned; these also tend to be the goals that can seem truly impossible to reach after only a few days or weeks of struggling toward them. Seeking sobriety is one of these absolutely vital objectives. Thankfully, there are ways to raise the chances of staying focused on and committed to an objective.
In order to keep any resolution, a plan of action is necessary, broken down into smaller steps with incremental goals. By focusing on one tangible step at a time rather than the broadly vague target of “sobriety,” goals can be kept realistic and attainable when enough effort is dedicated to them, preventing the discouragement that can encroach on the loftiest ambitions. Avoid looking only at the end result; a road map must be created for how to get there first.
Most important to success is the understanding that you don’t have to go it alone. With many people working on new goals at the beginning of the year, a supportive and goal-oriented environment can be expected; but by that same measure, it can be easy to lose motivation and hope when those same people who were such encouraging allies and examples begin to give up on their resolutions one by one.
For an addict looking to escape their dependence on drugs or alcohol, seeking the help of experts who have devoted themselves to getting addicts through the critical period of early recovery can be a lifesaver. Getting aid from a treatment facility like Scottsdale Recovery Center is an important first step when you have committed to achieving sobriety.
For those who have already begun their recovery and gone through the treatment process, it is imperative to be surrounded with other recovery-minded people in order to avoid complacency and prevent lapsing on a resolution to remain in sobriety. In the kind of environment provided in a sober living home, accountability and personal progress are given the highest priority.
With the correct tools, a resolution to change is not impossible or even impractical. Hitting a setback doesn’t mean the road to recovery has ended or a resolution has been broken; it’s simply a detour on the road towards the goal of sobriety. The New Year can truly be a clean slate and a hopeful beginning when resolutions are approached with the right frame of mind and a willingness to ask for help.
If you need assistance in your recovery or are still looking to make good on that New Year’s resolution, give us a call. We’re available to help you 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. We’ll be happy to help you start on your path to successful recovery. You may contact us at (888) 309-3385 or visit us online at www.scottsdalerecovery.com.