Embrace each new year by making positive changes. For some, that may involve cutting back or reducing the frequency or amount of substance or alcohol use, choosing treatment, or getting back on track after relapse. If sobriety is your goal, below are some steps you can take to work toward a tangible outcome.
Make a Plan
Identify what you want to change and be clear about the rationale. Consider what steps you can take to maintain your resolution throughout the year and identify potential obstacles. Making a written change plan may help solidify your goals.
Assess Your Overall Wellness
Taking inventory of your approach to balance and wellness will be vital in achieving lasting behavior change. To address your overall wellness, check out this step-by-step guide.
One Step at a Time
People often fail at achieving their goals when they seem insurmountable. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking of your sobriety in terms of “a whole year” or “forever”. Here are some tips to try to help you create smaller, more manageable goals.
Don't Do It Alone
Let trusted family and friends know your goals and seek support outside of yourself. If you or someone you know needs support, confidential help is available.
- FindTreatment.gov has information on addiction and understanding mental health and treatment options;
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse has information about treatment for yourself or a loved one;
- The CBP Employee Assistance Program (password: CBPEAP) is available online or by calling 800-755-7002 for free, confidential discussions with licensed professionals regarding substance misuse and related issues; or
- Reach out to your local Peer Support Members or Chaplains.