Committing to Recovery on New Years Eve
A resolution is defined as, “a firm decision to do or not to do something” and as “the quality of being determined or resolute.” When we make our New Year’s resolutions, we are committing to change our behavior and work towards self-betterment. We are either deciding that during the year ahead, we will commit to doing more of something or to doing less of something. Eating healthier, taking more walks, spending more time with our family… smoking fewer cigarettes, losing some weight, spending less time on social media. Whatever resolutions we set for ourselves, there are several important factors to keep in mind. First of all, it is important that we set realistic personal goals for ourselves.
If our list of resolutions is, “Lose 10 pounds in a week and buy a brand new Mercedes by the end of January,” there is a very slim chance that we’ll make it all happen. We’ll get overwhelmed within the first week of the month and end up throwing in the towel, figuring we’ll just try again next year. We should also keep in mind that we cannot accomplish all of our personal goals on our own – without help. For example, if we are serious about losing weight, and we know that we struggle with motivation, we might want to join a gym and hire a personal trainer. If we want to give up drugs and alcohol, we might want to commit to a program of addiction recovery.
Addiction Recovery and Resolutions
Many people make New Year’s resolutions that involve getting sober or cutting back on alcohol or drug use. This is because – at the end of the day – chemical substances don’t do anything other than holding us back, and on a deep and honest level, we all know that. It is far more difficult for some people to cut back than others. Most people resolve like, “stay away from alcohol completely for January,” or, “cut out hard liquor completely, and only drink wine on the weekends,” and have no problem sticking by their plan. But others struggle to stay committed to their resolutions. This might because they lack motivation – or it might be because they are struggling with a diagnosable and progressively worsening substance abuse disorder. If the latter is true for you, professional treatment is necessary.
How To Stay Sober Long-Term
If you want to stay sober long-term, take the following tips into careful consideration. Remember that there is absolutely no shame in seeking help – when it comes to alcoholism, outside support is crucial.
- Enter yourself into a medically monitored detox program. Even if alcohol abuse disorder was not particularly severe, alcohol withdrawal can result in serious consequences.
- Enter into a long-term program of residential care. Alcohol abuse is a tough habit to quit. If your alcohol abuse disorder is moderate or severe, inpatient rehab will be mandatory.
- Keep up with a 12-step program of recovery, namely Alcoholics Anonymous. Continuing care is necessary to maintain sobriety.
Agape Treatment Center and Addiction Recovery
At Agape Treatment Center, we believe that resolutions can be adhered to – but only with the right tools in place. When it comes to addiction recovery, inpatient treatment is a truly invaluable tool. If you have been unable to stay sober despite an ongoing convocation to do so, it could be because you are struggling with a diagnosable alcohol use disorder. If you are still unsure whether or not treatment is necessary, we are available to help you figure it out. Simply give us a call and we will conduct a brief evaluation over the phone, which will help us determine whether or not your alcohol use warrants professional intervention. For more information on our program of alcohol addiction recovery, reach out at any point in time.