Addiction recovery is a process; it does not happen overnight. It requires life-long changes to help reduce risk of relapse and promote continued sobriety. Setting goals can help you to keep moving forward and give you something to work toward. It can give you a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment. But it is important that you make your goals realistic and don’t set yourself up for disappointment by having goals that are too lofty. While it’s good to be ambitious and dream big, you also want to strive for things that are achievable in the short term.
Many people find the acronym SMART to be helpful in setting goals. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. This can help you to be more focused and purposeful in creating your goals to promote success.
Tips for Setting Goals for Yourself
Decide what is important to you. Your goals should be things that you want to do for you, not to appease someone else. If you’re doing something because you think it’s what others want, it can be harder to feel motivated and stick with it. But if you’re reaching for a goal that is personal and something you’re driven to achieve, it can help you to stay more accountable.
Instead of creating goals in haste just for the sake of making them, take the time to think things through. Consider where you want to be in the future and what you want to accomplish. Determine steps that will help you to get there and set goals around these milestones.
Think about the short- and long-term. Set some goals that you aim to reach within the next several days or weeks, and others that could take a few months to achieve. For instance, you may decide that you want to attend 10 support group meetings within the next two weeks. That would be a short-term goal. On the other hand, you may also decide that you want to find a new job within the next six months or year. That would be a long-term goal.
Reaching short-term goals can boost your self-esteem and confidence. It can help you prove to yourself that you can do what you set your mind to. It can also keep you motivated to continue working toward long-term goals because you see the progress you have made.
Break up big goals. You may have some larger goals in mind, but break them down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Remember, you don’t have to do everything all at once. Go step by step and build up to your ultimate goal. If things aren’t working out quite right, make adjustments. Goals aren’t set in stone – they can be flexible. After all, you’re doing them for your own benefit.
Be patient. If you find that you’ve strayed off course, get back on track and keep trying. If you don’t reach your goal the first time, try again. You may need to adjust your expectations and step back a bit to work your way up to more challenging goals.
The first step toward recovery is recognizing that you have a problem and seeking help. Seacliff will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that fits your needs. From detox to aftercare, you can find help for wherever you are in your journey to recovery. Experience the joys of sobriety this year by engaging in effective addiction treatment and ongoing support.
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