For a lot of people, a new year means a fresh start. Whether the goals are big or small, people everywhere are making new year’s resolutions. A common theme of these resolutions has to do with health. For some, that can mean changing your diet; for others, it can mean exercising more often. In some cases, it can be about becoming sober in the new year.
There’s no question that all holiday celebrations at the end of the year can be difficult for someone with an alcohol addiction. It can be difficult to say no when it seems like everyone is partaking in the alcoholic merriment. With the help of friends and family or professional help from relapse prevention therapy, it is possible to make your resolution sobriety. Insight Into Action Therapy offers an array of support to help you set, achieve, and maintain your sober goals.
Setting Sober Goals for the New Year
Setting a goal is only the first step. Take the time to think about exactly what you want to achieve. When planning out your goals, they should be:
- Specific – Be sure that your goals are not too vague
- Measurable – Keep track of your progress
- Achievable – Make sure that your goals are realistic so as not to push yourself too far
- Relevant – Your goals should be achievable with your lifestyle
- Timely – The timeline you make should be realistic and not too long or too short
It is also important to remember that every process towards sobriety is different for everyone, and not everybody will have the same timeline. Patience and a good support system and key in a sometimes lengthy and difficult process. If you find yourself struggling, ask for help from a loved one or even a trained professional.
Ways to Achieve Your Goals
Involve yourself with people who you can trust and who hold you accountable. They can be family members or even close friends. If you’re having a bad day, these are the people that you can call for help. Surrounding yourself with people you trust is very helpful on your journey.
Having some structure or routine in your day is another thing you can do to help with your sober goals. A daily schedule that you create will keep you busy and give you something to look forward to each day. A scattered schedule can lead to a scattered mind, which in turn can cause you stress and give you a reason to want to have a drink.
Seeking professional help is always a great option as well. There is relapse prevention therapy, mental health therapy, and process addiction treatment that can help create healthy habits and get advice that you might not get from others. Combining therapy with a strong support system and structure could make your sober goals significantly easier.
Getting Help at Insight Into Action Therapy
Setting sober goals for the new year is a difficult yet rewarding decision. The choice to become sober will benefit both you and the people around you. It might not be an easy resolution, but with the right help, it can be easily manageable.
Nobody’s struggle with alcohol addiction is the same, and nobody’s journey to sobriety will be the same. At Insight Into Action Therapy, treatment and therapy programs can cater to a wide range of people. Our clients receive help with mental health, substance abuse, and medication management. We offer:
- Relapse prevention therapy
- Process addiction program
- Mental health therapy
- Person-centered therapy
To find out more about what we offer and what could be the best fit for you or a loved one suffering from alcohol addiction, visit our website or contact us at 703.935.8544.