As you begin your journey on the road to recovery it is important that you set goals to measure your success along the way. Goals help keep you on the path, they can get you back on the right track if you relapse and they can motivate and inspire you when you are not feeling very encouraged.
Importance of Recovery Goals
When your life revolves around drugs and alcohol, your goals become centered on substance abuse: getting more, getting high and friends that do the same. The first step to recovery road is getting sober. For you, that could mean entering a medical detox center to cleanse your system of the chemical toxins from alcohol and drug abuse and a rehab treatment program to help you start a new life without substance abuse.
Setting recovery goals is the next step to staying sober. Start with the simple question: “What do you want to achieve in life?” It may be necessary to re-evaluate the character traits that led you to substance abuse such as the need for instant gratification and impulsiveness. Another goal may be to learn to deal with life and emotions head on which will give you the strength you need to avoid relapse. Learning to address issues as they come up and keeping a check on emotions will keep you focused on your healthy recovery and not leave you with the desire to escape from your situation. Consider rebuilding your broken relationships with family and non-drinking and drugging friends as a recovery goal. It is not unusual for loved ones to distance themselves from the addict or alcoholic. Feelings of distrust and anger can destroy relationships that were once very close. Take this time to work toward earning back trust and respect.
SMART is a useful acronym for goal setting and stands for: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. For each goal you set, you should follow the guidelines of:
- Setting specific goals
- Make sure that you can check your progress (measurable)
- It is achievable and realistic
- There is relevant reason to achieve results
- Set a date for completion
Relapse and Set-backs
Don’t be discouraged if you stumble and relapse. If you relapse, re-evaluate your goal to see if it is realistic and relevant. Sometimes it may be necessary to start over a few times, but remember the only time your fail is when you give up – so don’t give up!
Key to Success
The best recovery goals are short-term goals. If you are trying to achieve a long-term goal, consider breaking it up into smaller steps that can be measured along the way and achieved successfully. Once you achieve a few short-term goals you will find that your confidence is increased and it will give you what you need to succeed in the long term and on the road to recovery! If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and drugs and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.