A man in sobriety lifts weights

For most of us, getting sober was always our number one New Year’s resolution above all else. Once we get sober, however, we are free to finally pursue being the best possible version of ourselves.

The reality is, many of our old bad behaviors and habits from our previous life in addiction tend to carry over into sobriety. New Years provides an excellent time for us to continue to work on ourselves by making New Year’s resolutions to get rid of these old habits.

Here we break down some New Year’s resolution ideas for those of us in sobriety.

Breaking smoking/vaping/nicotine

Approximately 70-80% of people who enter addiction treatment are addicted to tobacco A series of alcoholic drinks that have been crossed outor related products, which is much higher than the national average. (1)

While smoking typically is the least of our worries when we are in addiction, it is absolutely something that should be addressed once we have achieved sobriety.


Addiction, along with the lifestyle that it is typically coupled with, tends to wreck havoc on our health. Committing to a plan of exercise for the New Year is a great resolution for someone in recovery.

Not only can we improve our health, but exercise has also been shown to increase endorphins, reduce stress, and improve depression – all of which is certainly beneficial to those in sobriety. (2)


Addiction typically consumes every aspect of our lives, leaving little time for any hobbies. One of the difficulties in early sobriety is filling up the void left behind once we quit our addiction. Picking up a new hobby, or renewing an old one, can be extremely beneficial to our sobriety.

Recommit to your recovery fellowship

For those of us who have been sober awhile, we often times find ourselves drifting away from our recovery fellowship compared to when we first came in. Recommitting to our fellowship is always a great New Years resolution to make.

This can include things such as doing a 90-in-90 (90 meetings in 90 days), picking up a commitment (such as making coffee), or volunteering (such as at a prison, rehab, etc).

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Improving our diet

Another part of the lifestyle that typically accompanies addiction is a poor diet. This is absolutely something we should address once we are in sobriety. Whether it be committing to a weight loss plan, or simply attempting to eat healthier, improving our diet is always a great New Years resolution for those of us in sobriety.

Final Note

Achieving sobriety is only the beginning for us. It enables us to live our lives to the fullest, and to pursue various avenues of bettering ourselves. New Years resolutions provide us a great opportunity to create new goals for ourselves to strive for.

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. http://www.williamwhitepapers.com/pr/2011%20Smoking%20and%20Addiction%20Recovery%20%28For%20People%20in%20Recovery%29.pdf
  2. https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression