Tag Archives: New Year Resolutions

Tag Archives: New Year Resolutions


Pursuing Sobriety

The new year is always a time of promise and change – it’s when we reflect on the past several months and how we feel about them. It’s also an opportunity to look ahead and seize the chance for growth. If you’ve conducted a personal inventory, you may have realized that your substance use has spiraled out of control. Beginning the new year with the goal of finding recovery is a very brave decision. To help you, we’ve created a guide for pursuing sobriety in 2020.

Create Accountability

The first step to getting sober is to enlist your friends and family members into the recovery process. Tell them about your intentions to stop drinking or using drugs – odds are that they’ve been looking forward to this news and will be excited to help you in your efforts. From that point, they can hold you accountable and assist you with finding treatment.

Invest in Yourself

It’s difficult to manage your finances when you’re in active addiction (or if you’re going out every weekend). Instead of throwing that money away on drugs and alcohol, use it towards your recovery. For some, this may mean investing in a residential addiction treatment program. For others, it may involve creating a budget for therapy, self-care or a quick vacation. Research shows that the longer an individual spends in treatment, the better their chances of lasting sobriety. We encourage you to pursue professional, accredited addiction treatment.

Avoid Boredom

One of the largest factors in relapse is boredom. If you have too much time on your hands, it’s tempting to fall back into your old habits. You can avoid this obstacle by finding a new hobby. If you’re unsure of where to start, look back to your childhood. Did you look forward to painting in art class or enjoy team sports? Those can be excellent outlets in your adult life, too.

Put Your Health First

If you’ve spent any amount of time doing drugs or drinking heavily, you’ve doubtless noticed that it takes a physical toll. By getting sober, you’ve already taken a great step to restoring your health. You can continue this momentum by eating nutritious meals, joining the gym or spending time outside. As your body recovers, you may be surprised by how much you’re capable of. Be sure to focus on your needs in recovery – this is how you will build a strong foundation in the days ahead.

Participate in AA or NA

One of the most impactful steps a person seeking sobriety can take is to involve themselves in a recovery group. Whether you choose to attend AA, NA or a group provided by your local treatment center, you may be surprised by how important a sober support network can be. Not only will you create another layer of personal accountability, but you’ll hear stories of men and women experiencing the same obstacles as you.

Change Your Routine

If nothing changes, nothing changes. You can’t expect to live by the same schedule, go to the same potentially triggering locations and spend time with the same old drinking buddies, all while maintaining your sobriety. These factors can jeopardize your newfound recovery. Instead, change things up; take a different route to work or schedule dinners with another group of friends. If you’re worried about the temptation to call up a dealer, delete those phone contacts. By taking small, actionable steps, you’ll be more likely to succeed in the long run.

Recover Your Life and Find Sobriety in 2020

At Cumberland Heights, we understand that recovery is a journey. We’re happy to help you along the way. Please contact our helpful admissions staff for information about our detoxification, residential treatment or outpatient services.

Practicing mantras to stay motivated in recoveryAs the New Year has just begun, you’ve likely been surrounded with a lot of talk about New Year’s resolutions. It Is around this time that many people begin to dream and hope for better social connections, improved physical fitness, greater business success and more. As Entrepreneur.com debunked in January of 2018, only 9.2% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions tend to fail for a number of reasons:

  • They’re based on wishes and emotions, rather than on needs, determination and plans to get there
  • They never change anything that they’re doing, which is naturally required to get different results
  • They’re placing too many high expectations on their plate rather than focusing on one or two simple goals to achieve within a specific time frame

Sadly, we place ourselves too far behind before we can ever get caught up when it comes to resolutions. Rather than creating a list of resolutions you’re unsure you’ll follow, make it a point to think more positively about yourself and your journey to recovery and see where it takes you. Mantras have been used by many who practice meditation and yoga as a way of focusing the mind on a thought they’d like to strengthen their belief in. Here are some excellent mantras to get you started:

  1. “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”
  2. One step at a time.”
  3. “I’m living life on life’s terms.”
  4. “No matter where I go, there I am.”

Those in addiction recovery find these mantras to be some of the most important lessons they’ve had to learn in recovery, as well as the hardest to learn at times. Write them down, place them around your house and live them out. In doing this, you may find that your world becomes much bigger and happier – because you’re opening your mind, body and soul.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.


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