Goal-Setting in Addiction Recovery

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Addiction recovery has no specific time limit. The process of changing an unhealthy lifestyle you once maintained takes hard work and dedication. It is important to know where this hard work should be directed and what you should be doing to achieve your goals when entering sobriety. Being patient with yourself and knowing what you want to achieve is important to being successful. Goal-setting is a tool that allows you to move step-by-step on your own time toward achieving your goals.

The Importance of Goal-Setting 

Change is not something that happens overnight, and it takes a lot of effort before you see results. Goal-setting gives you the chance to explore what is really important to you. It allows you to identify what areas you want to grow in and what you need to do to achieve them.

Recovery is designed to teach you new approaches to navigating life and coping with stressors. One of the tools treatment will teach you is how to set and achieve goals. In treatment, they may mostly be centered around sobriety but you have the chance to set others goals you want to achieve in life. Especially after treatment, you may want to set goals for staying sober. When you create new routines, you are also creating new behaviors that help you stay on track.

Setting Goals in Recovery

Clearly, there is one ultimate goal in addiction recovery: to achieve sobriety. But through your journey, you may need to set smaller personal goals to help you get there. Maybe you want to reach financial stability or maintain steady employment. Perhaps you want to repair some of your relationships that you may have damaged while you were using drugs or drinking. Recovery is a chance to start over and create new habits that will better serve you in the long run. A specific approach you can use for goal setting is the S.M.A.R.T. approach.

1. Specific: Try to make your goals as clear and precise as you can. If you leave them too broad it can be harder to focus on what you need to be doing. An example could be, “I want to write and say two positive things about myself every day this month.” This is more specific than saying, “I want to be kinder to myself.” Think about who will need to be involved in your goals. Figure out what obstacles might come your way in the midst of working towards them.

2. Measurable: It is important to make sure your goals are measurable and that you can track your progress over time. This allows you to stay focused on where you need to be. Using the example from the last point, “two positive things” is the measurable aspect. Two is a specific, measurable, easily accomplished number, and you can see that you have completed the goal when you have two things on the page.

3. Attainable: The goals you set should be realistic and achievable. It can be easy to make your first goals lofty out of excitement or an effort to make big changes quickly. However, this can be difficult because you might not realize they may be unrealistic for your current lifestyle. If your goals are too big, it can be discouraging when you are unable to attain them. Research and really think about what you may need, reach out to people you can depend on to aid you, and take the time to really assess if these goals are possible in the time frame you want. As you make progress you can adjust your goals how you see fit.

4. Relevant: Recovery is a unique experience for everyone. The goals you set for yourself in and after recovery should reflect what you actually need to make progress in. Make sure that what you want to achieve is beneficial to you. If the goal you set doesn’t align with the eventual lifestyle you want to create for yourself, you may need to rethink your goal.

5. Timely: You can set all the goals you want and how you want to reach them, but you have to be realistic with your time frame. This is a key component to successfully reaching your goal. It gives you motivation because you have set a deadline for when you should have achieved them. Sometimes life gets in the way of us achieving certain things, and it is okay to adjust your time frame based on current progress when life intervenes.

There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to treating drug or alcohol addiction. Everyone has a unique experience when caught in substance abuse disorder, which means treatment should also be unique. Setting goals in addiction recovery helps you tailor your treatment to the end result you want to reach. Mountain Peak Recovery understands that the best form of treatment is one that focuses specifically on the patient’s distinctive needs. Our programs work to not only treat the addiction issues of our patients but their overall well-being. We are here to help you achieve your goals for creating a healthy life and thrive in your environments. Maintaining sobriety does not have to be done alone. We are available to offer you professional guidance and resources so that you can stay successful on your recovery journey. Give us a call at (801) 824-8829 to learn more about how we can best serve you.

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