February 09, 2022
While it’s customary to begin the new year with resolutions large and small, the hard reality is that 33% of resolutions survive the end of January and only 8% of people keep them overall. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By following certain approaches, you can boost your chances of success in the new year. Whether you want to stop using drugs and alcohol or re-dedicate yourself to the journey of recovery from addiction, the strategies below can help you succeed.
Before considering the strategies themselves, you might be unsure whether your use of drugs and alcohol is simply a bad habit or a full-fledged addiction. While the points below could help you counteract either, it’s worth mentioning some criteria to help you figure out the patterns of your use.
Roughly, we can recognize two kinds of criteria that distinguish addiction from a mere habit. The clinical criteria of addiction are the presence of tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal in your use of a substance. If your tolerance for the substance increases over time as you continue to use it, if you depend on the routine use of drugs and alcohol to deal with everyday activities, and if taking less of it causes physical and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms, that is a sign of addiction. Another distinguishing mark of addiction, consistent with the first, is the unmanageability in your life caused by the substance. If your use of drugs and alcohol causes repeated harm to your work, relationships, financial standing, general health and well-being, that too is a sign that what you’re contending with is more serious than a bad habit.
If you think you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol and need addiction treatment, Recovery Centers of America offers a variety of services to help you get grounded in the life-changing resolution to live free from drugs and alcohol.
Residential, or inpatient treatment provides a structured setting for the foundation of your recovery. As you begin your recovery, individual, group and family therapy will help you to start to resolve issues from the past and develop effective strategies for dealing with your feelings, thoughts and actions in the present.
Outpatient Services (In-person and Telehealth)
Outpatient treatment, available in-person and digitally through Recovery Centers of America’s Shoutout™ app, allows you to maintain your regular schedule while receiving ongoing addiction treatment at a level of care that fits your needs.
Find a community for a lifetime of recovery through Recovery Centers of America’s Alumni Association. As you flourish in your long-term recovery, build a support network and stay connected through meetings and events.
Family Support Services
Our team provides family support services to help keep loved ones in treatment, including drug and alcohol addiction help for family members, family support groups, therapy, webinars & events for addiction, as well as family educational and support groups offered digitally through our Shoutout™ app.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drugs and alcohol, call now at Call 1-800-RECOVERY. We offer 24/7 admissions, transportation, and intervention services.