New Year’s resolutions are as tied to the holiday as turkey is to Thanksgiving. While the number of unused gym memberships or abandoned weight loss programs often end up the punchlines of jokes about New Year’s resolutions- just because we failed our resolutions does not mean we have to wait until next year to try again!
Here we take a look at making a resolution for sobriety, whether you are still drinking/using or are currently in recovery.
Is Sobriety something I should give a shot?
It may be wise to even simply start with a small commitment to sobriety. Rather than swearing off drugs and alcohol for life, try committing to spending a month sober.
A 30-day commitment to sobriety can actually provide a lot of insight for us. If successful, a 30-day commitment should give our bodies (and wallets!) a much-needed break and a glimpse of what a life sober could provide us.
If we are not successful in a 30-day commitment, our resolution may help us decide if we need to seek professional help for our drinking or drugging.
I have failed to get sober on my own, should I take the next step?
Any serious resolution to change our lives will invariably fail without action. For those of us who want to make a sober resolution but who have failed at achieving on our own, it is time to take action to achieve our goal.
If we have a physical addiction to drugs or alcohol, the first step may be enrolling in a professional detox program to sober up. Once we take care of the physical component of addiction, we can begin to focus on the mental component. This may involve entering an inpatient treatment, enrolling in an intensive outpatient, or joining a recovery fellowship.
Now that I have achieved sobriety, what should my next goal be?
For those of us who have already achieved sobriety, there is always more work to do on ourselves! Many times, unhealthy behaviors from our past lifestyle carry over with us into sobriety. These can include things such as poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and anything else that negatively impacts our mind or health.
Sobriety and a life in recovery frees us of the bondage of our addictions, allowing us to live life to the fullest. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves to be the best versions of ourselves. It is never a bad idea to make a resolution to tackle these bad behaviors in order to be the best sober version of ourselves.
Too often we put off making a change in our life to perpetually being “tomorrow”. A classic saying found in the rooms of recovery goes “if nothing changes… nothing changes!” While this may seem like an oversimplification of life, it is a good reminder that in order to achieve something we must commit to a goal and back it with action.
So for those of us who are curious about sobriety, want to achieve sobriety, or want to build on their sobriety: we hope you decide to make a resolution to better yourself, no matter what time of year!
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.