Everyone looks forward to the New Year for many reasons – good food, quality time with friends and family – but many of us also eagerly await the holiday as an exciting way to hit reset on our lives and start fresh with a clean slate.
For those in recovery, the New Year can be seen as an opportunity to set realistic goals for your recovery, keep yourself in check by following a specific timeline, and become the person you truly want to be, shedding the pain and bad memories from years past.
Setting goals for yourself, and then following through with achieving those goals, can be challenging and intimidating – but it can also be rewarding and life-changing. Here are four tips to get you on the right track to accomplishing your 2022 recovery goals.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help and Support
Kick off the New Year by attending a meeting every day! Reach out to your sponsor, your friends, and your family whenever you’re struggling with your resolutions. Encourage friends and family to get involved with Al-Anon or Nar-Anon so they know how to best support you. With a team behind you willing to help and support your goals, there is nothing you can’t accomplish.
Invest Your Time in New Hobbies
Follow a classic New Year’s Resolution tradition and try your hand at new hobbies, activities, and skills. Fill your time with something you love to do that can help make you a better, more well-rounded person. Consider volunteering or other service work to give back to your community.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
As we said earlier, goals can be challenging and intimidating. Timelines and deadlines can help you make sense of your resolutions, but you cannot beat yourself up over little slip-ups or mistakes – it’ll just make you feel worse and less likely to end up accomplishing what you’re setting out to. Be realistic and self-assured. Turn to your support system when you’re experiencing doubt or hardships. Remember, one day at a time.
Create Measurable Goals
If you believe you can do it, you can. Having a plan with clear, concise, and measurable goals in front of you can give you the motivation you need when you’re struggling. You’ll be able to mark your progress and feel accomplished every step of the way. Being proud of what you’ve done will only serve to keep pushing you forward in your recovery journey.
Remember, no recovery journey is perfect. You may encounter slip-ups and moments of discouragement. However, by sticking to a plan with measurable, realistic goals, trying new and exciting things, and keeping your support systems close by, you can kick off 2022 assured that you’re doing everything in your power to make your journey successful. Happy New Year!
About Fellowship Hall
For 50 years, Fellowship Hall has been saving lives. We are a 99-bed, private, not-for-profit alcohol and drug treatment center located on 120 tranquil acres in Greensboro, N.C. We provide treatment and evidence-based programs built upon the Twelve-Step model of recovery. We have been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1974 as a specialty hospital and are a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. We are committed to providing exceptional, compassionate care to every individual we serve.