It’s the time of year when most people are gearing up to make a fresh set of New Year resolutions and people in recovery are no different. In fact, it is important to set goals and strive towards them as part of effective addiction rehabilitation and it’s also possible to use a more scientific approach to making you stick to them in recovery. Here are some top tips to help you:
When it comes to making resolutions and sticking to them, ‘go big or go home’ makes absolutely no sense at all, especially for a recovering addict. Having an all-or-nothing approach to making a change is a sure-fire way of not living up to expectations and there’s a very real risk of giving up completely. For example, someone with addiction issues shouldn’t go into rehab with the attitude that they will be ‘clean’ within a matter of days as it’s just not practical. When an impractical and unachievable resolution is made, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Start off with a small goal and build on that success one step at a time for more long-lasting results.
Share your Experiences with Others
If you have made a decision to make a change, share your New Year resolutions with your family and friends. This is a good way of motivating you to achieve your goals, especially as you have put it ‘out there’ that it is your intention to join a gym or quit smoking. Recovering addicts know that communicating as much as possible with those close to them is the best way of protecting themselves from relapsing into addictive behavior.
Keep a Log
Keeping a track of your progress with regard to a resolution you have made is a good way of helping you to stick to it. A study at University of Washington revealed that the more you monitor your performance by writing things down, the more likely you are to achieve the goals you have set yourself. This is because you are giving yourself frequent feedback which encourages you to do better.
Learn Effective Strategies to Choose Effective Recovery Resolutions for the New Year at CASA Recovery
If someone has been struggling with addiction issues, they may have become withdrawn from those close to them. This usually means there is a lack of communication in the family which can be very damaging over time. Making strong and positive resolutions and sticking to them is an important component in specialist drug rehab in Southern California and allows patients to regain control of their lives which was previously lost to drugs or alcohol. Making New Year’s Resolutions is a good way of identifying where you want your life to be when you have completed alcohol rehab in Southern California and CASA Recovery can help you reach your destination. Contact us in San Juan Capistrano, CA for more information on strategies for successful New Year resolutions.
So if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, visit CASA Recovery in Orange County. You don’t have to face this challenge alone, and CASA will be with you and your family every step of the way.
For more information, dial (888) 928-2272 and speak to one of our caring professionals about getting help.