When the ball drops and New Year’s celebrations come to a close, many people begin looking forward to tackling their New Year’s resolutions. Making these changes is difficult though, especially when it comes to addictive behaviors.
It takes more than making the choice to tackle addiction but there are plenty of ways to make sure 2022 is focused on growth and recovery.
1. Lean Into the Resources Around You
Understanding and utilizing the help found near you is key in reaching and maintaining sobriety this year. Addiction treatment and recovery centers such as ARC are open around the clock in order to provide care when it’s needed most.
Addiction treatment from a professional and compassionate team is often what makes sobriety possible. Going with a treatment center from the beginning also helps you stay safe during the detox and withdrawal period. Depending on how severe the substance abuse is, withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful or even fatal.
A team of addiction specialists will also be better suited for taking a comprehensive look at what drives your addiction. Based on these findings, you’ll be presented with a custom treatment plan that caters to the areas of substance abuse plaguing you the most.
Help can also be found outside of dedicated treatment centers. Speaking with your regular family doctor could yield the discovery of certain medications that can help address whatever alcohol or illicit drugs currently takes care of.
Talking to someone trained in how the brain operates is another important step. Therapists and other mental health professionals are also vital in treating the root causes of addiction to give you the most carefree year yet.
2. Create the Ideal Environment With What You Have
It’s common for those abusing drugs or alcohol to begin isolating themselves from their friends and family. Creating this distance between yourself and others is the opposite approach to take. The network of friends, family members, coworkers and those you meet during treatment is always there for you.
Going into treatment with the mindset that it can be done alone will only lead to a more challenging experience and lower chances of sustained sobriety. Seek out those who want to help you along your journey and share with them the experiences you have along the way.
Typically there will be certain loved ones you gravitate towards who show the most support and compassion. Talk to them during times of intense cravings and get the thoughts out of your mind instead of letting them grow. Supportive friends will give you the time needed to talk and help motivate you through the rest of the moment.
Take a step back and look at the environment you find yourself in. Spending time in places where drug or alcohol use is common may not be the best idea, even if they were a previous favorite. Placing yourself away from temptation and near those you have a healthy relationship with should be the priority.
3. Set Yourself up for Success
Tackling addiction is all about setting small, obtainable goals that slowly snowball into huge life changes. Taking smaller steps removes a lot of the pressure associated with ending substance abuse.
For many individuals that attempt to end consumption on their own, this pressure mixed with withdrawal symptoms are often what leads to failed attempts. When working with a recovery team, you’ll set goals based on days, weeks and months that change based on your progress.
The first goal many make is to stop using drugs or alcohol, but setting a goal to seek treatment is often easier. Interventions for those who have had difficulty asking for help have one goal and that’s to get the individual to agree to treatment.
Putting yourself in the hands of medical professionals makes achieving sobriety a guarantee. Staying sober is a lifelong task after treatment, but the right program will equip you with the tools needed to stay on the path.
In order to find the sober you and take it into 2022, we encourage you to contact America’s Rehab Campus today. We understand that addiction never takes a holiday so we’re available 24/7 every day of the year.