Drug Addiction Recovery and the Reverse New Year’s Resolution

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Dec 29, 2015

Drug Addiction Recovery and the Reverse New Year’s Resolution


Drug Addiction RecoveryWith the New Year quickly approaching, if you are in drug addiction recovery you may be thinking of which resolutions or goals to work towards for 2016. While most people are searching for ways to lose that last 10 pounds or plotting how to quit drinking or using for good, we’ve discovered a more surefire way to achieve your goals while in recovery; the reverse resolution. Though it sounds more than a little backwards, it is a new way to try and ensure that you can get clean and stay sober, come the new year. So, get ready to #goals.

Why Not Set a Resolution in Drug Addiction Recovery?

Each time January rolls around, about 50% of the population makes resolutions, but only 8% of those people actually manage to keep their goals in check and achieve their resolutions. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t think that goal setting is pointless. Goals are awesome and when approached in a healthy way, they can be a great  tool for self improvement in your recovery. The problem is, most people are far too unrealistic when they set the resolutions for the year ahead. According to an article on Psychology Today, this unrealistic goal setting is what is called “false hope syndrome” which means you are setting goals that don’t align with your internal view of yourself. Another thing that contributes to the failure of achieving resolutions, is the cause and effect relationship. For example, you decide that if you quit drinking or using, you will be happier. When this doesn’t happen, you will be disappointed and thus you will revert to old habits or behaviors. If you are a part of that 8%, we salute you, but for the rest of you that are craving something else to invoke change in your life, a reverse resolution may be just the thing.

So, What Exactly is a Reverse New Year’s Resolution?

How does it work, you ask? It’s simple really. Instead of looking forward to what you plan on achieving in the year ahead, look back proudly at all you have achieved in your drug addiction recovery over the past year. Doing so will give you a sense of pride and achievement that the unkempt resolutions of your future will never be able to conjure up. As everyone else is toasting to the unforeseen future that is 2016, you will be looking back at the past year and all that you have accomplished and hopefully you can do so with pride

As someone who has a substance abuse problem, your work is never done. Even after you complete an alcohol and drug treatment program, you have to wake up every day of your life and make the conscious decision to keep working toward your recovery. Most importantly, you have to make daily resolutions and do the work that is involved in applying these resolutions. Don’t wait until the end of the year – do it today. There is no time like the present moment to make a positive change that will contribute to your recovery.

Are you planning to set New Year’s resolutions? Or will you do a reverse resolution? Tell us what you have planned in the comments below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.
If you or someone you love is in need of residential drug rehab or intensive outpatient drug treatment, the Recoveryas.com team is here for you. We are always available, 24/7, to help you find the answers and the treatment that you need. Call us today at 1 (877) 968-6283.

Lindsey W

Lindsey W

Content Manager at Recoveryas.com
Lindsey Whittaker is a writer, blogger, and marketing content creator for multiple addiction treatment centers in Southern California. As an adult child of an alcoholic parent, her passion is to find new and exciting ways for people to connect in addiction recovery. Originally from Canada, she's lived in LA for four years where she has written for several online lifestyle publications and start-ups. On the weekends you can find her at the beach or working away on her latest DIY project.
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