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6 New Years Recovery Resolutions You’ll Stick To

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The end of the year always has a way of making you feel introspective. The New Year is a benchmark and a new beginning, and people can’t help but reflect.

Now is as good a time as any to take stock of your life and well-being. The New Year is all about sobriety and self-improvement. But getting sober isn’t a goal–it’s a lifelong commitment to a total lifestyle change. These resolutions will help bolster your recovery and commitment to sobriety so January 1 can be the first day of the rest of your life.

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1. Share your story.
Be an active participant if your 12-step meetings or group therapy sessions. Sharing your thoughts and experiences helps you become more involved in therapy and connect with people who have similar stories. When you take on a more active role in your treatment, you’re more likely to continue to make progress.

2. Take time for self-care.
It’s so easy to fall into a rut and neglect your well-being. Don’t forget to check in with yourself from time to time and do something for yourself by integrating a holistic activity into your routine. Meditate for 5 minutes a day. Practice yoga, go for walks or sign up for a group fitness class. Try acupuncture or art therapy. You’ll meet new people and get out of your comfort zone.

3. Pay it forward.
Volunteering for a cause you care about is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. Giving back will help you learn more about yourself and other people and expand your worldview. Whether you’re walking dogs at an animal shelter or helping kids with homework after school, these kinds of positive interactions can reinforce your commitment to sobriety.

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4. Set goals in therapy.
You have a list of things you want to achieve in your mind–you just don’t know how to achieve them. If you regularly work with a therapist, set goals for your recovery together. Your therapist can guide you toward reaching them.

5. Spend more time with positive people.
If you walk away from spending time with your friends feeling totally drained, you might want to rethink who your friends are. Negativity–and positivity–are contagious. Wouldn’t you prefer positivity? Spend more time with people who have positive things going on in their lives, whether they’re sober too or support you in your recovery.

6. Make a reverse resolution.
Instead of looking toward the New Year thinking about what you hope to accomplish in the new year, reflect on what you’ve accomplished in the previous year. If you’ve been sober during the last year, that’s something to celebrate! Instead of approaching the new year with a list of things to achieve over the next 365 days, go in with the mindset of taking the year one day at a time.

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Any day is a good day to get sober, but the New Year can be the push you need. Still, making a resolution isn’t enough. How many people do you know who have vowed to lose weight and actually done it?

If you’re serious about getting sober, you need to be committed. You need a partner who can guide you on a better path.

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Ryan Soave


Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting. Since then she has been writing on addiction recovery and psychology full-time, and has found a home as part of the Guardian Recovery team.

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