Three Awesome New Year’s Resolutions

There’s a reason why fall and winter are considered the best times of the year, as these chilly months often mean quality family time and celebrating the holidays.

However, celebrating the holidays usually means alcohol is involved, especially around New Year’s Eve. This can be difficult for those recovering from a drug addiction or an alcohol addiction.

On the other hand, this is also the perfect time to create New Year’s resolutions that will not only help maintain a sober living lifestyle, but allow you to grow at the same time.

Participate in Aftercare

For many individuals finishing up in drug rehab centers, continuing treatment in aftercare programs is a great next step. Aftercare can be started in the new year, and a number of great centers and programs are available all over the country.

In aftercare, you can cement previously learned coping skills, practice methods for resisting cravings and come to understand your addictions and mental illnesses a little better.

Go Back to Work or School

Thousands of adults have put off getting a degree or a new job to get clean. This is a massive and commendable sacrifice, but it can be difficult getting back into a new academic or professional schedule.

It’s helpful to start off slowly. Take one or just a few classes at a time, or start a simple, part-time job to get yourself started.

Don’t take on too much at once, as you’ll be more susceptible to stress and falling back into previous habits.

Improve Family Relationships

The new year means a new start, and if you haven’t spent the holidays with family, it can also be a good time to repair and improve family relationships. It’s likely that your relatives will be happy to hear from you and know that you’re doing well.

If you’re not sure where to begin, then try reaching out to family members you’ve been closest with over the years and slowly branch out to other members over time.

There are so many other wonderful resolutions recovering individuals in addiction treatment can make for the New Year. If you’ve tried the ones listed above to no avail, then consider developing new coping skills, traveling to different countries or challenging yourself to something you’ve never tried before.

It’s important to remember, however, that while you’re developing resolutions in drug addiction treatment, you must start these resolutions in a place you’re comfortable with. Don’t push yourself too much or too hard, as you very well could relapse.

Experiencing the year to come is supposed to be enlightening and exciting, and creating goals to look forward to will only give you more opportunities to recover.

Natalie New is a health writer for Fusion 360, an SEO and content marketing agency. Information provided by Next Level Recovery. Follow on Twitter.