Have a safe & sober new year!
This is the perfect week to reflect on your past recovery and look forward to the year ahead. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a time of transition. We’ve left most of the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind, but have not quite started the new year and the new routines it will bring. This makes it a perfect time to reflect on your past year in recovery, and make goals for how to sustain and enhance your recovery in the year ahead.
It’s important to take an inventory of your year in recovery to have a solid visual of your achievements and mistakes is the belief of our Christian PTSD Drug Rehab, a treatment center in Orange County, California.
Just as the 4th step tells us to take a searching and fearless moral inventory, taking a bold inventory of your successes and failures over the past year can help you continue to heal and to grow in recovery. Combined, that will make for a more successful recovery year after year. Here’s what the process looks like:
Whether the previous year was your first year in recovery or you’ve been sober for decades, you likely had some highs and lows. After all, we can’t be perfect all the time. We recommend making a list of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Think about times when you were rocking your recovery program, attending meetings and being of service. Now, consider when your recovery slipped, or any points where you were getting into a relapse mindset.
As you list the pros and cons, look for patterns. For example, if the change of seasons is hard for you, you can make sure that you have extra support during the spring and fall in the upcoming new year.
Doing some brainstorming about your year can be helpful, but if you’re really serious about your inventory, put pen to paper. Journaling about your experience is a great way to do this exercise.
Once you’ve taken inventory of your year, it’s time to think about how you can make the new year even better.
While writing this list, and visualizing, identify areas you can make improvement.
If you’re in early recovery, this could mean maintaining your Christian treatment, avoiding risky situations and working toward getting your one-year chip. If you’ve been in recovery for a while, you probably need to do a bit more planning. Even if last year was a good year for you, challenge yourself to reach new heights in recovery during the next year. This might mean sponsoring another person, volunteering or doing important therapy work to delve deeper into your recovery.
The unbiased and nonjudgmental advice that we receive from sponsors and peers in recovery is essential for long-term success. After you’ve evaluated the past year and made some goals for the new year, talk about your past year and the year ahead with a trusted person in your recovery network. After writing your list, call your sponsor to bounce things off of him/her and get an outsiders perspective of what you can work on. Not only can a sponsor help talk out problem areas, but he or she may also be able to spot patterns that you can miss if you’re taking inventory on your own.
Although the stress of Thanksgiving and Christmas are done, New Year’s Eve…with its focus on drinking and partying can also be a very tough time for people who are in recovery. Rather than doing your best to avoid people who are drinking while you’re out and about, create your own sober space to ring in the new year. Invite friends from your recovery community to bring a dish to share as you all reflect on your successes last year and what you’d like to accomplish in your recovery during the year ahead.
Our Christian Drug Rehab Treatment is a recovery center in Orange County, California, that guides clients in moving towards physical, spiritual, psychological and social recovery.