It's the start of a new year. The door is open for new beginnings and fresh starts. For those recovering from an addiction, or using our Asheville drug and alcohol treatment center, 2017 might be the gateway to boosting your recovery.
It's time to start thinking about resolutions. You probably already have several goals to meet that were set during rehab. However, it's a great idea to go ahead and set a few separate resolutions, as well. They should be recovery oriented and easy to obtain. Of course, making them a bit challenging can be more rewarding, but consider adding the following ideas to your list. They'll help you when you don't even realize you need it. If you have issues with drinking or drug abuse, call Legacy Freedom in the new year. We are a highly rated Asheville drug and alcohol treatment center that uses outpatient and alternative treatment options.
2017 New Year's Resolutions for Recovering Addicts
Choose a daily positive lifestyle change. Whether it's eating a healthy breakfast, reading from a motivational book each night or taking a daily walk, make a point to do something positive each day. You can continue throughout your week with the same positive change or choose something new each day. This lifestyle change will help you continue your positivity and motivation through recovery.
Invite loved ones to join you during an after care meeting. It might be a simple gesture at first, but the experience will be amazing. Not only will you be able to continue through the recovery process you will also get to allow your loved ones to become more active in your life and therapy.
Designate a sober friend to accompany you anytime you go out socially. You might feel confident that you do not need a sober friend, but there are times when triggers will be too much to handle. Your sober friend can help you through this time. It will be easier to resist relapse with someone who can encourage you in a positive way.
Volunteer at least once a month. Whether you work at a soup kitchen, outreach center or other organization, try to volunteer as often as possible. Helping others will help you continue on in your recovery. You'll feel good about yourself and also lend a helping hand to those in need. It can put your entire life into perspective.
Add an alternative therapy to your weekly routine. Much like the ones you participated in during rehab, alternative therapy is a great way to avoid relapse. Whether you choose yoga, music therapy, art, riding or dance, it's important to find something you're passionate about that offers you a creative outlet. There are many different ways to improve your mood and well-being through this type of therapy. Consider the following:
- Adventure Therapy
- Acupuncture Therapy
- Chemical Dependency
- Equine Assisted
- EMDR Therapy
- Families & Addiction
- Inner Child
- Life/Purpose Coaching
- Meditation Therapy
- Nutritional Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Process/Gender Groups
- Ropes Course
- Sound Therapy
- Tai chi
All of these programs are offered at our Asheville drug and alcohol treatment center, Legacy Freedom. If you need help choosing an alternative therapy to work towards in recovery, contact us. We can help you get back on track.
Take time to meditate at least once a day. Whether it's when you wake up or before you go to bed at night take time to center your mind and heart with quiet time. You need to clear your head and breathe without feeling pressured to do other things. Meditating will help you destress.
Spend more time with positive influences. Whether it's your parents, siblings, friends or others, be sure to take advantage of spending time with these people. Positivity can rub off on you. Anytime you're feeling a little down, schedule a coffee date or dinner with these people. They will help you continue your sobriety and support you when you need help continuing to rebuild your life without substance abuse.
Resolution Tips for Recovering Addicts
It's important to set goals and work towards them throughout the entire upcoming year. However, sticking to resolutions can be difficult at times. If you were one to previously set goals and forget about them after the new year, consider the following tips. They should help you be able to stick with your resolutions without any problems.
Be realistic. Don't try to set goals that are difficult to maintain and reach. Keeping goals challenging yet within reaching distance is essential. Otherwise, you might set yourself up for failure. If you're just beginning to exercise, don't sign up for a marathon immediately. Start out with a 3K, then a 5K and eventually a marathon. You will be better off working towards goals in small steps. Remember to be realistic and you will succeed.
Make a plan. Instead of just setting goals, also decide how you're going to reach those goals. It's easy to make a new year resolution to eat healthy without really thinking about what's in store for you along the way. Healthy eating can be easy but without the proper plan it's quite difficult. You must learn to grocery shop for the right foods and also learn to prepare them ahead of time so that when you're hungry you won't have to wait very long for something healthy. Many times, those who cave on junk food do so because they have nothing healthy to eat immediately. Be sure to break down your goals and plan out how you're going to achieve them in manageable steps that will not overwhelm you.
Keep an open mind. For those who are setting goals to better themselves, be sure to keep an open mind and stay positive. Many times we can get bogged down in the overwhelming pressure to keep our goals. Be sure to find bright starts in these challenges. Don't let them overcome you. Meeting goals is empowering. Keeping that in mind will help. Don't break down and give up just because you're failing to see the bright side of things. Keeping an open mind will help you strive to continue, not strive to be perfect.
Plan for setbacks. It's possible you will fall off the wagon a time or two during the course of the year. No matter what your resolution is, jump back on and continue going. Don't let a setback stop you from achieving your goals. Just like in recovery, relapse can often happen. Does that mean you can't go back to recovery? No. It means you just have to move on and have faith in your future abilities. Planning for setbacks doesn't mean they're going to happen. It just means that you're ready for them in case they do.
Affordable Asheville Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center For 2017
If you, or someone you love, are suffering from an alcohol or substance abuse problem and need help, consider Legacy Freedom for 2017. We're a top rated Asheville drug and alcohol treatment center in Western NC. Addiction isn’t something that can be beaten easily. Often it requires extensive rehab and support. Our outpatient treatment center can offer both to you, when you’re ready. Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Legacy Freedom of Asheville is here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life in the new year.