Each year millions of people around the world begin the new year by making new year’s resolutions. For many, the holiday season and the arrival of the new year signal an opportunity to purge old habits and start fresh by developing new, healthier habits. This year especially, many are looking forward to putting closure to the challenges 2020 has brought and welcoming the promise of what the new year has to offer.
Many of the millions who kick off the new year with resolutions do so by resolving to get sober and starting their recovery journey. Although countless others resolve to lose weight, cut carbs, or create a new exercise plan, the truth is, one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to break free from the chains of addiction. Sobriety can improve your health (physically and mentally), improve relationships, and provide you with a new direction without the adversity of substance abuse and addiction.
Although the arrival of the new year serves as motivation to begin recovery, it is crucial to remember that recovery is a journey, not a one-step process. As with many significant life changes, the commitment to pursue, attain, and maintain sobriety requires planning and commitment. Without both, you may find yourself stress, disillusioned, and discouraged should you stray from your goal. These emotions may result in your decision to give up on your goal entirely. While this decision may be inconsequential should your resolution involve reducing your coffee intake or journaling more, it can be much more harmful when it comes to addressing the physical and psychological implications of drug and alcohol addiction.
At the Hills in Los Angeles, we understand defeating addiction is equally as essential as choosing to seek addiction treatment. However, it is essential to remember that maintaining recovery is not always a straight and simple path. If 2021 is the year you decide to get sober or even the year you begin your recovery journey after treatment, look to the ideas below to help you keep your New Year’s addiction recovery resolutions.
Remember that Recovery is A Journey, Not A Destination
Deciding on New Year’s Eve that this is the year you are going to get sober is only the first step in what is, for many, a long process. To successfully complete addiction treatment and maintain ongoing recovery requires not only the initial commitment you make upon entering treatment but the decision to recommit to your health and sobriety for days and years to come. For someone new to recovery, this can seem like an overwhelming expectation. Instead, resolve to focus on a single day instead of weeks, months, and years. Commit to choosing sobriety each day when you wake up and reaffirm that decision each night when you turn in. Sobriety is not a one and done decision but something you must choose to commit to each and every day during and after treatment. While one day may not seem like much, it will not take long before all of the single days of sobriety add up to a significant accomplishment. There is no resolution that can “take back” the time you have lost to addiction; however, resolving to start each day free from alcohol or drugs is an excellent way to begin a journey towards a healthier and substance-free future.
Seek Out New Activities that You Enjoy
Long-term, chronic substance abuse, and addiction often take over relationships and hobbies. It is likely if you have been using for some time that most of your close peer relationships involve those you use with. Also, your hobbies and activities that you frequently participate in likely involve using or being around others who are using. Because of this, the choice to seek addiction treatment at The Hills and remain in recovery will require you to take a fresh look at how and with whom you spend your free time. While the idea of ending long-standing relationships may seem overwhelming at first, it opens up the possibility for developing new relationships and exploring new passions that were once inhabited by the obligations of addiction.
Once you achieve sobriety, you will have more time to spend exploring new things that you may have always wanted to try. Starting a new hobby can not only introduce you to a new circle of friends who are supportive of your recovery journey, but it can also provide a healthy coping outlet for moments and situations that are triggering.
Make Time for You
Life before addiction treatment and even once in recovery, can be overwhelmingly busy. Each day you have work and family obligations, friendships, and other responsibilities to keep up with. Add to all of that attending regularly scheduled AA or NA meetings, support groups, and aftercare therapy sessions, and suddenly it doesn’t feel like there is a single minute left in the day for self-care. It is easy to quickly become overwhelmed and feel as though stress and exhaustion are taking over. When this happens, it may be tempting to return to old habits such as using drugs and alcohol to cope with stressors and triggers.
To avoid this, it is essential to set aside at least a few minutes each day for you. Use these moments for critical self-care activities such as journaling, meditation, yoga, or even sitting quietly and reflecting on all of the positive outcomes that have come from sobriety and recovery.
Give Yourself Permission to Fail
Many resolutions require a certain amount of perfection to achieve. For someone in addiction recovery, the need for perfection can be detrimental to healing. The worst thing someone can do when they slip is to allow that moment to define future outcomes. Although difficult to accept, a momentary lapse in judgment is not a sign of failure. It is, however, an opportunity to learn and grow. Missteps are an inevitable part of recovery, and recognizing them when they occur is critical in moving past them while working towards your recovery resolution. No matter where you are on your recovery journey, change is difficult, and setbacks are common. Data shows as many as sixty percent of addicts in recovery will experience at least one incidence of relapse after completing addiction treatment. Many of these stumbling blocks are unavoidable but what matters is how you react to them. If you permit yourself to learn from failure (or missteps), you can ensure you remain committed to your resolution and continue moving towards progress in recovery.
Resolve to Stay Active in Support Groups
The early days after you first stop using can be some of the hardest. Other challenges arise after you complete addiction treatment and return home to family, friends, and, unfortunately, triggers. During these times and any others, having a healthy support system of like-minded peers who understand what you are going through and the challenges you face in recovery. Group support meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are held nationwide every day. At these meetings, you will find resources, peer support, and various other resources to help you continue your recovery journey. Finding support groups online is especially easy through the AA and NA websites. If you do not have access to the internet, your treatment provider at The Hills can provide information about aftercare and group meetings in your area.
Resolve to Seek Treatment
Comprehensive addiction treatment at an addiction treatment at an inpatient addiction treatment facility like The Hills in Los Angeles is an essential element to recovery for many who want to get sober. Without proper detox, therapy, and addiction education, it is easy to quickly succumb to triggers and relapse into old habits after deciding to give up drugs or alcohol. Depending on the substance, severity, and duration of your addiction, withdrawing alone can be dangerous and even deadly. Without medically supervised detox, many are not able to detox without symptoms becoming too challenging to manage. In other cases, even when one can overcome withdrawal symptoms, it can be challenging to remain committed to recovery
without adequate therapy and education about coping skills and relapse prevention.
When you seek professional treatment at an addiction treatment center like The Hills, you will receive the full continuum of care, ensuring you can manage the challenges associated with early recovery and sobriety. Our medically supervised detox program helps guide you through the difficulties of detox while ensuring your safety is maintained, and symptoms are managed. Once detox is complete, individual therapy, group therapy, nutritional support, alternative therapies, and continued 24/7 support help ensure you can achieve sobriety and begin your recovery journey.
The decision to seek sobriety can be challenging, and maintaining recovery is not always easy. With the help of the staff at The hills, you do not have to do so alone. If you are ready to start the new year by resolving to quit using drugs and alcohol, do so with the strongest support possible. At The Hills, we provide a variety of evidence-based, trusted behavioral therapies designed to help you address the root causes of your addiction and any other co-occurring mental or physical health conditions you may struggle with. In addition to traditional treatment models, we offer many alternative therapies that, when used in conjunction with traditional models, ensure you receive holistic addiction treatment that addresses your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We will work with you and your family to develop an individualized comprehensive addiction treatment program at our luxury California treatment center. If you are ready to overcome addiction and start the new year with a fresh, healthy outlook on recovery, contact us at The Hills in Los Angeles today to learn more about how our programs can help you start your sobriety journey.