Addiction recovery is all about achieving personal milestones. We set goals for ourselves and do everything we can to achieve them, whether it be celebrating anniversaries in Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12 step programs, keeping a job for a certain length of time or working through our steps promptly. Goal-setting is an important part of recovery, that’s for sure.
However, we must remember to keep our goals realistic. For example, if we expect ourselves to work through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in three months, we’ll likely be disappointed. If we set the personal goal to work on step work every day, we won’t be restricting ourselves or setting ourselves up for failure. When setting goals for yourself, there are certain things to keep in mind.
Tips and Tricks to Setting Sobriety Goals
Take a look at our list of tips and tricks for setting reasonable goals in recovery, and remember that if you need help setting goals for yourself – or if you want to learn more about addiction recovery as a whole – we are always available to talk.
Setting Recovery Goals
- Make sure that your goals are specific.Setting a goal like “stay sober” is a lot more loose-ended than setting a goal like “stay sober one day at a time.” Breaking things down into specific increments of time or specific personal achievements will help immensely. Rather than say, “I want to get my step work done,” say something like, “Every day, I will work on my step work for at least one full hour with no distractions.”
- Make sure that your goals are attainable.In addition to setting specific goals, make sure your goals are attainable. People that say to themselves, “I’m going to sponsor ten people in my first year,” might find that they’ve set the bar way too high. Instead, set a goal like, “I will be there to help any other addict or alcoholic when they need help in any way that I can.”
- Set reasonable time limits for yourself.Again, trying to speed through your recovery goals is a recipe for disappointment. Remember that addiction recovery is a lifelong process and that so long as you are continuously moving forwards the pace you are moving at doesn’t necessarily matter all that much.
- Break your personal goals down into even smaller segments. Breaking things down will prevent you from overwhelming yourself. What can you do today? What goals can you achieve in the next 24 hours?
- Don’t be too hard on yourself if a goal isn’t met. If you don’t meet a recovery goal, don’t beat yourself up! Just get right back on the horse and try again tomorrow… or in an hour, as the case may be.
- Find resources that will help you meet your goals. One of the best resources for helping you meet your goals is the assistance of other people – namely your sponsor. Make sure you check in with your sponsor daily and talk about what progress you’ve made, and what areas still need improvement.
- Find people to keep you accountable! Your sponsor will help to keep you accountable too, but it’s ideal to have a whole network of like-minded sober supports. This way, you can work together to keep one another on track!
Garden State Treatment Center and Goal-Setting
At Garden State Treatment Center, we believe that setting personalized goals will help propel you even further down the road to lasting recovery. Our licensed counselors work with each resident to help formulate realistic and attainable treatment goals, which are part of a comprehensive treatment plan. We work closely to ensure that goals are being met or adjusted, depending on individual needs. We also have a sound structure in place that ensures certain goals are already being met, and positive habits are being formed.
We implement mandatory 12 step program involvement, which helps teach our residents the importance of structure in day-to-day life. For more information on our program of addiction recovery or for help setting and achieving goals, give Garden State Treatment Center a call! We are standing by to help in any way we possibly can.