Goal-Setting in Recovery

Goal-Setting in Recovery

In Recovery by Tree House Recovery

Once we have made the decision to get sober, the initial phase of recovery can be a confusing and frustrating time if we don’t have a game plan yet formulated. These feelings of confusion and anxiety are perfectly normal and to be expected as we have left the realm of addiction and re-entered into a life where we are active participants. One of the first actions we can take in early sobriety in order to maximize our well-being is to create a list of goals. It is also advantageous if we can break these goals down into short and long term in order to more accurately determine what actions need to be taken and in what time frame. In early sobriety, it is most effective if we can formulate short-term goals that are easily obtainable, and for our long-term goals, we might want to focus on a career or educational path that we could see ourselves finding enjoyment and satisfaction from.

In this initial phase where we will begin to create some goals, let’s discuss some general goals that are related to our recovery. For instance, some examples of goals might be to attend a certain number of AA meetings or psychotherapy sessions in a given week; we might also commit to a certain number of days where we engage in physical activity. It is always good to include a short-term self-care goal as well such as getting a haircut, our nails done, or just taking time to hang out with a friend. Another important aspect of these goals is that they need to be measurable. If we flippantly set a goal such as “I want to be healthier,” we cannot measure whether or not we actually obtain that goal because it isn’t specific enough. There is also another reason why we might not create a measurable goal which is that we might not achieve it which will leave us feeling depressed and defeated. While this is true and even understandable, in recovery we have to employ measures of accountability because, left to our own devices, we could give into temptations that would lead us to move backward instead of progressing forward. Once we begin to accomplish these goals we will experience an increased sense of self-efficacy and confidence.


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