The start of a new year is always a good time to make life goals, and a commitment to kicking an addiction is one of the best goals you can make. However, getting rid of an addiction is a lofty goal that can be hard to reach without small “stepping-stone” goals to help you on your way. Here are three New Year’s resolutions that can help you start off on the right track. To learn more, contact Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge today at 844.442.8673.
1. Take Responsibility for Your Actions in the New Year
There are many reasons why people turn to addictive substances and behaviors. Here are some of the main reasons:
- Mental health issues
- Physical health issues
- Past abuse
Circumstances and even other people might be at least partially to blame for your current problems. However, you’ll never overcome an addiction if you focus on blaming others for your problems. Take responsibility for your life by focusing on yourself and how to improve your behavior.
2. Get Professional Addiction Recovery Assistance
It’s not easy to overcome an addiction on your own. You need the help of positive people who will pull you up when you feel down, help you identify and correct negative thought patterns and behaviors, cheer you own as you make progress, and help you get back on your feet when you relapse.
Surrounding yourself with positive friends who want to see you overcome your addictions is a good idea. It’s also a good idea to stay away from friends who indulge in your addictions with you because they will pull you down and convince you to hang on to your old, bad habits. However, getting rid of bad friends and befriending the right people isn’t enough on its own. You’ll need professional addiction recovery assistance if you want to get over your addictions as quickly and effectively as possible.
A good rehab center such as Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge can offer the medication-assisted addiction treatment you need to handle severe withdrawal symptoms. It can also provide a connection with other individuals who are overcoming addictions so you can develop friendships with people who will root for you as you overcome your past. You’ll also receive counseling to help you identify and overcome the root causes of your addiction.
3. Resolve to Stay Positive
Addiction recovery isn’t easy. You’ll have good days and bad days. A relapse can leave you feeling discouraged and wanting to go back to your unhealthy lifestyle. Please don’t do it. A positive attitude will help you realize that there are good days up ahead though you have bad days now. You can be optimistic about your future even as you learn that it can take time to recover from long-term addiction.
One fundamental emotion to focus on is gratitude. It plays a crucial role in many 12-step recovery programs, and for a good reason. Many people turn to addiction as a “crutch” to help them deal with life and often replace alcohol or drugs with other addictive behaviors such as compulsive shopping or overeating junk food. Gratitude enables you to break the addictive cycle by replacing the need for a crutch altogether as you focus on all that you have to be thankful for and not what you think you still need or want. Make gratitude one of your main New Year’s resolutions for the coming year, and you won’t regret it.
Contact Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge
Are you eager to turn a new leaf and overcome your addictions for good? If so, Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge can offer the tailored, professional assistance you need to kick your dependency for good. Get in touch with us online or call us at 844.442.8673 to make your New Year’s addiction recovery resolutions a reality.