2021 Healthy Tips for Staying Sober: Check-In

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Did you make the New Year’s resolution to get sober?

How’s it going so far?

Did you know studies show that over 50 percent of people won’t follow through on those resolutions as the year progresses? You’re not alone.

We’re here to help re-inspire you! If you’ve fallen off your game, don’t worry. We’re here to give you the “pick-me-up” you need to recommit yourself to sobriety.

Are You Still Doing the 12-Steps?

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Reflect on your current routine when it comes to support groups and 12-step meetings, as well as continuing mental health counseling. When it comes to 12-step or support group meetings, have you been attending the same location for a long period of time? You may want to consider searching out new meetings in your area where you can hear fresh stories and meet new people traveling a similar journey. Or, if you choose to stay at your current meeting but haven’t been too involved other than attending, consider sharing your story or getting more involved in your community.

Are You Going to Therapy?

When it comes to therapy, consider the progress and growth you have made over the past couple of months and consider if there are any topics or struggles you haven’t yet shared with your therapist. Double check you’re in an evidence-based therapy program. We recommend cognitive behavioral therapy in general as a solid way to begin recovery. However, be aware that co-occurring mental health disorders may require additional therapy – or alternative therapies for treatment. Some common psychotherapies to treat addiction and mental health disorders include dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed therapy.

How Are Your Relationships Doing?

When we are young, our parents usually warn us at some point about the company we keep. It is important to heed this warning as you mature, especially when it comes to the people you allow in your life when you are in recovery. Do you still spend time or keep in contact with old friends whom you used drugs or alcohol with? Does an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend continue to dredge up your past addictions? Do your family members support your sobriety?

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As you move forward in 2021, you have to put yourself and your sobriety first. Making a commitment to yourself to steer clear of old hangouts or people you used drugs or alcohol with as these habits can put your sobriety at risk. In addition, limit time (as much as possible) with people who do not support your sobriety or recovery journey, and create a strong support circle of people who have your best interests in mind.

SMART Recovery for 2021

One of the best healthy tips for those on the road to recovery is to set up SMART goals. Here’s a quick run-down on how to make sensible recovery goals:

Specific – Make your goals as specific as possible. Instead of saying, “I really want to get healthy this year,” say, “I am going to workout three days a week” or “I am going to work with a nutritionist and stop eating (insert foods).”

Measurable – Whatever goal you have in mind, find a way to make your progress measurable, whether you are determined to lose a specific amount of weight or want to read a certain number of books every month.

Attainable – Make goals attainable and realistic, because putting too much pressure on yourself with a hard-to-reach goal can lead to failure and disappointment.

Relevant – A relevant goal is something important to you, rather than choosing something because everyone is talking about it or it seems important to society. Reflect on areas you really want to work on and choose from these options.

Timely – Putting a time frame or an end date on a goal can help provide the motivation you need to move into action.

Assessing the people around you and your environment, as well as creating realistic goals that do not put too much pressure on you are important all year long for anyone who is in recovery. Sometimes we need a reminder of what our goals are. Try keeping a daily planner with reminders and milestones; or create a recovery scrapbook! You may also consider keeping a recovery journal (or bullet book) to keep track of your daily cravings, experiences, and recovery goals.

If you or your loved one is suffering from addiction, give us a call. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

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