We’ve all made them; those broad declarations of a fresh start that promise life-changing behavior that will turn it all around for us in the new year. We put a tremendous amount of power in New Year’s Resolutions, often because we think that we can actually stick to them. After a while, however, we realize that what we say on December 28th one year and find ourselves doing on March 1, the following year is often very different. For those in recovery, these resolutions can take on a whole new meaning and weight. We’ve already spent so much time trying to rebuild our lives and get a fresh start that any further change can prove to be overwhelming.
Unless of course, we make recovery our actual resolution, and we commit ourselves to the endeavor. This can be the year we finally take steps to overcome drugs or alcohol, but we have to make sure we have the resources to launch a decent fight against our ongoing chemical dependency. How, then, can we insulate ourselves from the prospect of relapse so we can move on with our lives. The process starts by leaning on someone we love and can trust, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague or anyone else close to us, and ask for help finding quality treatment.
The rest of the process includes finding a quality treatment program that can adequately address our needs and committing ourselves to said program. This means trusting the advice and counsel of our treatment professionals and faithfully working the aftercare plans they’ve laid out for us once we leave treatment. It’s important to know that we’re likely to suffer a setback or two as we endeavor to get back on our feet, but that’s part of the recovery process and we can let it derail us on our journey. It’s no secret that recovery is hard, but it’s critical that those who are still vulnerable get the help they need now. Make it an early New Year’s Resolution. You can do this.