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Realistic Addiction Recovery Goals

It seems as if March has snuck up on us this year.

Just the other day we were all making our New Year’s resolutions.

For most, the beginning of a new year means starting off with some challenging resolutions.


But for a recovering addict, things like weight-loss or attempting to save more money can seem pretty insignificant.

Approximately 40% of the population partakes in making resolutions, yet only a mere 8% manage to keep them throughout the year.

Reason being is that the resolutions formed are typically far too unrealistic to maintain.

For those out there who have let their New Year’s resolutions slip, or who are trying to maintain or start a life free from drug and alcohol abuse, here are a few more “realistic” resolutions that the recovering addict should consider.

Ask for Professional Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment

If you haven’t reached out for help yet, there is no time like the present.

Unlike when making that goal to lose those last 10kgs, making the decision to get help for your addiction is something you have 100% control over.

All you have to do is pick up the phone and contact us.

Here at Step Away Alcohol and Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre, we have effective addiction treatment programmes that cater to each and every individual’s unique situation.

Join the 12-Step Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous Association

Attending these support groups during your drug or alcohol addiction recovery treatment, is a great way to meet other addicts who are experiencing the same struggles as you are.

Connecting with others who understand what you are going through will contribute positively to your strength and recovery.

Be Honest about your Addiction Recovery Goals

You have probably heard of the term an “accountability partner”.

An accountability partner, is someone who you are able to talk to when things get tough, they are someone who will in essence keep you accountable when you feel you might slip back into your old ways.

It is also important for you to be honest about your addiction with your friends and family.

Being honest will help them to understand what you are going through and will make it much harder for you to return to your old habits.

Improve Your Over-all Health

As an addict your physical health suffers immensely when you drink or use drugs.

Attempting to improve your heath is important to consider it when you are in addiction recovery.

Sobriety is about so much more than just staying sober; it’s about building a whole new life.

Becoming more active and taking better care of your body will help lighten the weight of your recovery as well as improve your overall moral.

Try New Things

Being bored is a person in addiction recovery’s number one enemy.

Being bored and uninspired increases your chances of using drugs and/or alcohol, because these substances give you a false feeling of happiness and fulfilment.

Therefore, by trying new hobbies such as taking a cooking class or joining a hiking club, will help to keep you busy whilst giving you a feeling of accomplishment and fulfilment.

Moreover, new hobbies will allow you to make new connections and friends helping you move away from the past negative ones.

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