The new year is the perfect time to set new goals and take action towards a smooth recovery from trauma, eating disorders, or addiction.
Getting rid of an addiction is not a one-time thing; it takes time to make progress.
Unfortunately, the enthusiasm to stick to the habits that can make you break that addiction or deal with trauma dwindles when the pressure to relapse kicks in.
This is why it is essential to set realistic goals.
When you abruptly force yourself to stop drinking, smoking, or taking drugs, there is a likelihood of relapse. It is best that you set small milestones, achieve them, and then set another.
If you are trying to recover from an addiction or trauma, here are the top 5 new year goals you should include in your recovery.
1. Try a new recovery hobby
When you are in recovery, it is essential that you do not create or stay in an atmosphere that is conducive to addictive habits. This is the time to do the things that you usually don’t do such as:
- Interact with new people
- Try new healthy activities such as skating, cycling, swimming, etc.
The key is to find healthy activities you enjoy and start engaging in them.
2. Keep a journal
Dedicate 15-20 minutes of your day to writing in a journal.
Write about your progress, your struggles, and relevant stuff relating to your recovery. Journaling presents several benefits of journaling for the recovery process. It will help you to:
- Understand your emotions
- Manage your cravings
- Cope up with bad days
3. Spend more time with the people you love
There is no doubt that suffering from mental health problems destroy your relationship with others.
You can use the new year to get closer to your family, and friends. This does not only preoccupy you, it also helps you to build a stronger will to break the addiction completely.
You will not want to engage in habits that pull you away from your loved ones.
4. Attend local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Alcoholics (NA) meetings
Having a support system to help you avoid a relapse is essential in the recovery process. There are lots of AA and NA meetings in localities.
When you join them, you will meet people who understand your struggle, people who are willing to give realistic advice, and resources to lean on.
5. Resolve to work (or rework) on the 12-step recovery program
The best way to make the most out of the 12-step recovery program is when you are sincerely working on the steps. Even if you have completed the program, commit to the steps again this new year.
There will likely be things that you can rework after having been involved in the 12-step recovery program for a while.
How Willow Place for Women can help you in your recovery journey
Willow Place serves as a shelter for participants to discuss topics like:
- Sponsorship and step work
- 12-step meeting experiences
- Creating a positive support network
- The best practices to maintain (and enjoy) recovery
Above all, please don’t hesitate to schedule a FREE consultation with us!