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Setting Sobriety Goals for The New Year

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Individuals struggling with addiction are often overwhelmed and feel hopeless. However, we believe that people can help and heal themselves. Everyone’s path to recovery and lasting sobriety is unique. What has worked in the past or worked for another person may not work for someone else. At Insight Recovery Center in Asheville, we work with clients to help them better understand themselves and take them through daily practices they can rely on throughout treatment and recovery.

As a new year rolls in, people often look to setting resolutions to make changes and mark a beginning for themselves. One of the more common goals for the new year is becoming sober or staying sober. For those in recovery, the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. However, setting yourself up for the new year with a healthy mindset can be very beneficial. Creating sobriety goals for the new year can promote lasting wellness for yourself and set the tone for the year ahead. Insight Recovery Center can support you in the new year with our rehab aftercare program in Asheville. For more information about our programs, contact us at 828.826.1376.

Setting Sobriety Goals

Setting sobriety goals during treatment and recovery can help individuals shape their future and maintain a positive mindset. These goals should reflect the person’s values and what is significant for their journey. When setting sobriety goals, it is critical to not make ones that are too broad or vague. Using a SMART framework to create goals can help you create realistic sobriety goals for the new year. 

SMART goals are:

  • Specific – Making narrow goals that will have a precise outcome.
  • Measurable – Make sure your goals and your progress can be measured.
  • Action-oriented – Create a plan of action for how you can achieve your goals.
  • Realistic – Your goals should be challenging but attainable.
  • Timely – Set a deadline or timeline to monitor your progress.

This is a useful framework for individuals in recovery to set sobriety goals. It allows clients to break down broad goals and create more concrete steps and actions that will set them up for success. No one in recovery has the same needs or experiences. Setting sobriety goals specific to your circumstances can help you stay motivated in your recovery and overall well-being. 

Healthy Practices for Staying Sober in the New Year

Adjusting to sobriety and staying committed to your recovery can come with stress and new challenges. Creating SMART goals for staying sober in the new year can provide a guide for how to stay dedicated and prioritize your health and sobriety.

Below are some examples of goals for staying sober:

  • Establishing a healthy support group of sober peers
  • Attending weekly or monthly counseling sessions
  • Eating healthy
  • Establishing an exercise routine
  • Creating a recovery journal
  • Participating in group therapy
  • Practicing mindfulness

What your sobriety goals are will reflect your unique experiences and circumstances. Having goals and a plan for achieving them will set a positive tone for the upcoming year and hopefully ease some stress after the holiday season. The significant thing is to not give up on yourself or your goals. If you face a setback, you can always keep going and get yourself back on track. Sobriety goals should help you and build momentum for your recovery.

Receive Help From Insight Recovery Center’s Rehab Aftercare Program – Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are looking for addiction treatment and support, Insight Recovery Center can help you. We provide various evidence-based treatment programs, including a rehab aftercare program. Our team can help you or a loved one establish healthy sobriety goals for the new year. Call us at 828.826.1376 or reach out to Insight Recovery Center online to get the support you need for a happy and healthy new year.