New Year’s Resolutions for People Recovering from Addiction

New Year's Resolutions for People Recovering from Addiction

A New Year’s resolution is more than a tradition for people recovering from addiction. Realistic, achievable goals can make it easier to commit to long-term sobriety. We’ll explain how to create actionable objectives and give you three ideas to inspire your own resolutions list.

How to Create New Year’s Resolutions During Recovery

The most effective New Year’s goals are SMART ones. This acronym refers to five traits that help you set concrete, attainable resolutions. Make sure your goals are:

  • Specific: Your goal should be clear-cut. Defining your objective can help you understand what you’re working toward and make it feel more manageable.
  • Measurable: With a measurable goal, you can keep track of your progress and know when to celebrate your success. Your New Year’s resolutions may use days or the number of tasks completed.
  • Achievable: A New Year’s resolution should be realistic. Even if you start small, achieving these tinier goals puts you on the path to long-lasting recovery.
  • Relevant: What do you want out of your life and recovery? Ensure your resolutions align with your current and future motivations.
  • Time-bound: Give yourself a reasonable time frame to accomplish your goal. You’ll feel more accountable — and more satisfied when you complete it.

3 New Year's Goals for Addiction Recovery

3 New Year’s Goals for Addiction Recovery

Here are three New Year’s resolution ideas to try during your recovery. Feel free to set your own time frames and measurements to match your needs and preferences.

1. Perform One Act of Kindness Every Day

Nothing feels better than passing it forward. Whether you volunteer at a local organization or babysit for a neighbor, you’ll have more self-confidence and a stronger bond with your community.

2. Journal Twice a Week

Journaling is a productive way to overcome morning cravings. Try writing down your thoughts at the beginning and end of a week — you’ll be more mindful of your emotions and have content to share at your next counseling session.

3. Socialize Three Times a Week

Addiction recovery can be more than just your journey. You can find others who relate to you in many social spaces, including online forums, social media and recreational centers. A strong support system can offer genuine support and understanding.

Remain Committed to Recovery This Year

Remain Committed to Recovery This Year

BAART Programs is here for you all year round. Our counseling and medication-assisted treatments help patients in California and throughout the country achieve their goals. Contact us online for more information about our values and services.


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The Clinical Team at BAART Programs is our team of physicians and medical directors within the organization. BAART is a CARF accredited organization and has been providing opioid addiction treatment services to the San Francisco Bay Area and greater United States since 1977.