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Setting Healthy Goals in Sobriety

In active addiction, few of us considered the future. We were so caught up in feeding our addictions that we were unable to make healthy and attainable goals for our lives. In sobriety, we are free from the constraints of addiction and are able, for the first time, to begin working toward our passions in life. We must be careful not to fall into future worry regarding our goals, but we can begin developing strategies toward living the lives we have always wanted.

In the early stages of recovery, we should create goals around the maintenance of our sobriety. Cocaine Anonymous, a 12-Step recovery fellowship dedicated to recovery from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, offers several suggestions for the first thirty days of our sobriety: “Attend meetings as often as possible, preferably every day. Meetings are where we go to share our experience, strength, and hope with each other,” and, “It is a good idea to get a sponsor during your early days, when C.A. seems unfamiliar. A sponsor shares one-on-one how to maintain sobriety by working the Twelve Steps of Cocaine Anonymous.” Many men and women in recovery communities suggest “90 in 90,” that is, attending 90 meetings in 90 days. Making a goal of attending meetings at least once a day can help with developing habits of meeting attendance and keep us engaged with others in recovery. Setting a goal of finding a sponsor as soon as possible is another goal worth setting. Meeting attendance is extremely helpful, but insufficient unless we are engaging in a recovery program of action with a sponsor.

The goals we set should be realistic and keep our sobriety as our number one priority. There is a common saying in the rooms of 12-Step fellowships: “Anything you put before your sobriety you will lose.” When it comes to goal-setting, we should do our best to ensure that we are not allowing ourselves to strive for something that may become more important than our recovery. Fear of the future can also be a cause of stress and anxiety, and we should seek a healthy balance between living in the present and considering the future. Healthy goals in sobriety give us a feeling of purpose, but our recovery must always be taken into consideration when we are making future plans.

Recovery is possible. Once we concede to the fact that our addiction is a problem and we require help to overcome it, we can begin the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help clients develop all the necessary tools to achieve a fulfilling life in sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431