The rush of the holidays is over, and a new year has begun. It’s a time to take a deep breath and look toward what the next 12 months have to offer. Many people use the new year as a time to evaluate their lives and make positive changes to help them grow and become the best version of themselves.
Looking back, if you realize that the holidays were a bit of a blur and you drank more than you planned, January can be a great time to seek treatment. Start the new year off on the right foot by addressing problems with drug or alcohol use and taking steps to heal your body and mind. Stop procrastinating and do what is best for your health and life – overcoming substance misuse. Addiction treatment can help you to refocus your priorities and develop healthier routines that do not involve drugs or alcohol.
If you’re already in addiction recovery, January can be a good time to re-evaluate your goals and make any necessary changes. Reflect on what you have accomplished over the past year, and where you want to head moving forward. Some of your goals may stay the same, while you may also add or remove others. Focus on creating realistic expectations that align with your efforts towards long-term recovery.
Here are a few ideas for starting the new year off strong and incorporating meaningful change:
- Volunteer and give back to others. You may be surprised at how much you gain when you help those in need. It can also give you a renewed sense of purpose and provide routine.
- Try a new hobby or exercise. Have you always wanted to take up photography? Were you interested in trying Zumba? Find local classes where you can explore new opportunities. You never know what you’ll connect with and find helps you to stay positive, less stressed, and more motivated.
- Commit to doing something for yourself. Self-care is so important, so schedule a regular massage, manicure/pedicure, or spa day for yourself. Make plans with friends for a day trip once a month or every few weeks. Do something nice for yourself when you meet a milestone or achieve a goal you have set for yourself, even if that means taking a timeout to re-read your favorite book, or taking the day off to go the beach. Make your well-being a priority.
You don’t have to try to recreate yourself in the new year; in fact, too much change at once can be risky for recovery. But do little things that add up over time and lead to positive results. Make sure that you’re still feeling confident and motivated in your recovery, and if you’re not, seek ways to change that.
No matter where you are at in your recovery – whether you’re seeking treatment for the first time, have experienced a relapse, or could benefit from additional support – Seacliff is here to help. With a wide range of programs to meet clients’ individual needs, Seacliff provides treatment that make overcoming addiction and building a healthier lifestyle possible.