Recovering from a drug or alcohol problem isn’t as easy as saying “I’m going to stop relying on drugs or alcohol this year.” Recovery takes time, perseverance and determination. Drug and alcohol addiction recovery happens through a series of small positive changes, including addiction recovery treatment.
With the New Year upon us, now is the time to put yourself back on the right track, even if that means getting there through tiny baby steps. Every step counts.
Here are some practical New Year’s Resolutions that may help you take the step towards recovery.
RESOLVE TO COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS EVERY DAY.
Take a minute each day to write down one thing you are grateful for. It can be a person, a feeling, a possession, an opportunity, a place – anything. Keep a journal of these items over the year and look back on it often to see everything you have to be thankful for. This is a small way to help you stay focused on the good rather than the bad.
RESOLVE TO MAKE A HEALTHY CHANGE FOR YOUR BODY.
Having a healthy routine can do wonders for your body and mind. This healthy change doesn’t have to be drastic. Maybe you start running a few miles every week. Or maybe you start eating three full meals per day, or resolve to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Any of these positive changes can put you on the right track towards recovery.
RESOLVE TO LEAN ON LOVED ONES FOR SUPPORT.
You may feel alone and abandoned. Your loved ones may not fully understand what you’re going through. However, don’t let that stop you from confiding in them and allowing them to help you. Don’t push them away. Their support can have a huge impact on your recovery.
RESOLVE TO STAY POSITIVE.
It’s easy to become bitter, negative and frustrated with life, and with the people that are trying to help you. Do your best to think positive thoughts, say positive words and do positive actions. When you feel like screaming, focus on a positive motto that can help calm you down.
RESOLVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND INTENTIONS.
It’s time to stop blaming others. You alone control your actions and intentions. You make your own decisions. Understand that every good or bad decision you make is a result of your own doing, not someone else’s.
RESOLVE TO READ AN INSPIRATIONAL BOOK.
Over the next year choose an inspirational book to read. Here are a few examples of best-selling books that have helped many people:
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
The Courage to Be Yourself: A Memoir by Sue Patton Thoele
Drinking: A Love Story by Carolina Knapp
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirshenbaum
Lit by Mary Karr
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