Making a New Year’s resolution is a yearly tradition for many people. Resolutions range from losing weight to saving money to becoming more organized. However, for a recovering addict, these goals may seem just a little insignificant compared to the struggles they face each day when battling addiction. It’s shocking that only eight percent of people actually follow through with their resolutions after making them so it is important to set realistic resolutions. Since recovery is measured more day-by-day than as a once a year goal, there are many small resolutions you can set for yourself to help you get and stay clean. If you are a recovering addict and are looking for some inspiration and some attainable New Year’s resolutions, keep reading for a helpful list. If you, or someone you know, have a drinking problem, please call Legacy Freedom. We offer affordable alcohol rehab in Wilmington NC.
Realistic 2017 Resolutions for Recovering Addicts
1. Get professional help.
If you haven’t already, seek out treatment from a professional facility, like Legacy Treatment Center of Wilmington. A treatment center will have the people with the knowledge to get you started on your road to sobriety. While it is possible for you to quit drugs or alcohol on your own, a treatment center will monitor you through withdraws and teach you life skills to assist you if you have urges to use in the future.
2. Have an "accountability buddy.”
When making New Year’s resolutions, many people do it in teams or ask a friend to hold them accountable for whatever their resolution is. If you resolve to not smoke, your accountability buddy has to be there to knock the cigarette out of your hand when your willpower falters. This is important when a person is battling an addiction, because by letting friends and loved ones know your plans to quit using, it will be harder for you to slip back into old habits for fear of disappointing them.
3. Find a hobby.
Remaining inspired and positive when battling an addiction is extremely important. When you do something you love, you feel positive. If reading is your thing, try to read an uplifting book once a month, or create something with your hands whether it is a painting or building a birdhouse. If you aren’t sure what your hobby is, try all kinds of different things until you figure it out. The important thing is that you aren’t bored and thinking of the times when you used drugs or alcohol. Keep yourself busy, even if it is difficult to find the motivation at first because when you truly find your hobby, your passion will come out.
4. Get healthy.
A great thing you can do for yourself when you are becoming sober from drugs or alcohol is to become healthy. Drugs and alcohol can wreak havoc on a body so it’s important to try to replenish what has been damaged. Plus, exercising releases endorphins that make you happy which could later help if you have cravings to use.
We here at Legacy Treatment Center want you to leave drugs and alcohol in the past. It’s the new year and it’s time for a new you! We have a highly skilled team of counselors waiting to hear from you. Call us today to talk about your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Wilmington NC so you can start living a happy and healthy life.
Try to make yourself write for at least 10 minutes a day. It’s okay if you skip a day or two here and there but really try to make yourself stick to it. Write about your day, whether it was good or bad, write about the phone call you had with your mother. Write about any cravings you feel to drink or do drugs and write about how you overcame the urge. Just sitting down and venting, even if it isn’t directly to a person, can really help your mood and is something you can look back and read if you are having a difficult day in the future. Besides your writing helping you, if you ever wanted to share your stories of overcoming drugs and alcohol, it could really inspire other people who are struggling as well.
6. Spend more time outside.
Being outdoors boosts your immune system and releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy. Take a walk, ride a bike, or just lie in the grass for a little while every day and reconnect with Mother Nature.
It’s important to feel like you are needed and it’s a desire everybody has. When you volunteer, you are needed. Whether you like animals, or would rather be around people, there are plenty of volunteering options available. Volunteering is important because you’re giving back, your self-esteem gets boosted, and it gives you a sense of purpose—all of which can lead to making you happier.
8. Cut out negative people.
As difficult as it may be, you must cut out the negative influences from your life. If you are serious about dropping drugs or alcohol, it is not smart to keep hanging out with people that will be drinking or using. If completely cutting some people out of your life is too hard, chat with them about your goals and how you would like to see them try as well. If that doesn’t work, plan to spend time with them at places that they can’t use. If they are your true friends, they should understand why you can’t be around it.
9. Work on your confidence.
Confidence is your belief in yourself and your abilities. There is nothing at all wrong with being confident and loving yourself. To help build your confidence level, start giving yourself credit. If someone compliments you, don’t think of a way to negate it, own it! Confident people take more chances and therefore have more opportunities for growth in everything from personal relationships to jobs. If you struggle with feeling confident at first, fake it. It will eventually be real.
10. Stay positive.
When battling an addiction, it can be so hard to remain positive. There are so many ups and downs on the road to recovery that sometimes it might seem easier to just give in and not fight the addiction. This is when it is extremely important to remain positive, even if you’re surrounded by negativity. Try to find positivity in everything - if you noticed you didn’t catch a single red light on your way to work, that’s something to feel happy about. If your favorite football team lost the game, at least you still got to hang out with your friends to watch it. Try writing down something good that happened to you each day and read the list when you’re having a bad day.
Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Wilmington NC For 2017
Having trouble with substance abuse? You may have a full blown addiction problem. If you’re considering getting addiction treatment for your drug or alcohol problem, give us a call at Legacy Freedom Treatment Center in Wilmington, NC. There is no reason to be afraid to get help in the New Year. Our caring admissions counselors can answer any questions you may have. We offer outpatient programs designed to let you continue to work and meet family obligations. Call us today to discuss the many treatment options we offer for drug and alcohol rehab in Wilmington NC. We want to be a part of your recovery from addiction.