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New Year’s Resolutions to Maintain Sobriety in 2023
It’s that time of the year again when we sit down and start the new year by setting resolutions. These goals usually pertain to living a healthier lifestyle and can be extremely helpful for our mind and body. For those in addiction recovery, a New Year’s resolution can be life changing. Your sobriety resolutions can be about achieving, enhancing or maintaining long-term abstinence from drugs & alcohol, as well as personal successes. No matter what stage you’re in recovery, setting attainable goals can help keep you on track. When you have ambitions, it is much easier to envision your life without drugs or alcohol. Review our blog to get some recovery resolutions inspiration for 2023 & beyond!
8 Attainable New Year’s Recovery Resolutions
Pursue a New (or Old) Hobby: People in recovery must find a way to fill gaps of time and keep your attention occupied. Sober activities and hobbies are highly beneficial. Think of some of your interests before drugs or alcohol took hold of your life. If you’re not sure where to start, write a list of any hobbies that you might enjoy and try them all!
Invest in Selfcare: New Year’s or not, taking care of yourself should always be a top priority. Do something every day that makes you feel good about yourself.
Practice Forgiveness: The new year allows you to start over with a clean mindset and that starts with forgiveness. Forgive yourself for the things you’ve done in your addiction because you’re not that person anymore. Forgive those who have hurt you in the past and let go of anger and resentment. If you find these feelings are coming up too often, talk to your therapist or sponsor to learn healthy coping mechanisms.
Attend Meetings Regularly: Attending meetings regularly holds you accountable to maintaining your sobriety.
Continue Building a Sober Support System: Meetings, church and volunteer work are all great ways to meet other sober, like-minded men and women. Being around people who support your sober lifestyle makes all the difference in your sobriety.
Maintain a Positive Mindset: It is inevitable, there will be days where you have feelings of negativity, frustration and bitterness. This negativity is going to pass, especially if you do not allow it to overpower you or control your life.
Write in a Journal, Each Day: Journaling is an easy and relaxing task to incorporate into your daily life that will help you gain a better understanding of yourself and your thoughts. Over time, journaling can help you figure out your triggers, understand where your emotions come from and uncover coping techniques.
Perform a Daily Act of Kindness: A large part of recovery is relearning how to connect and lend a hand to those around you. Performing a daily act of kindness, no matter how small, can help you strengthen relationships and rebuild your self-esteem.
No matter what stage of recovery you’re in, setting New Year’s resolutions will help keep you on track for another year free of drugs and alcohol. Sobriety is a lifestyle that must be worked on daily; recovery doesn’t end once you become sober.