It’s common knowledge that addiction recovery can be challenging. However, committing to recovery is one of the most rewarding things someone can do. At Avalon Malibu, our addiction treatment programs are individualized with our unique and wide variety of options. We’ve seen the success that clients have had when we help them set goals and work to establish their recovery. Let’s talk more about the importance of goal setting during addiction recovery.
The Importance of Goals
Setting goals encourages individuals to think about the future. This motivation can be extremely valuable, especially during the more difficult moments of addiction recovery. Goal-setting allows individuals to work toward something and hold onto that hope when recovery feels challenging. Especially when considering one’s long-term recovery, goals can be extremely beneficial.
How to Set Goals in Addiction Recovery
There are a few things you can do to make sure your goal-setting is effective. Making goals for addiction recovery is very similar to creating other types of goals, but there are a few additional things to keep in mind.
First, make sure that your goals are specific to your journey. If the end achievement or ways to get there aren’t specific to you, you’re less likely to be motivated to achieve it. Don’t base your goals on things other people have accomplished. For example, avoid creating a goal to obtain a college degree in a certain field if you have no interest in it. Remember to personalize your goals.
It can be helpful to have a reward in mind for when you reach your goal. Whether this reward is tangible or more abstract, it can be a great way to stay motivated and remember why you set your goals in the first place.
Another thing that can be helpful with goal-setting is involving your support network. Speaking with your friends and family about your goals can foster accountability and motivation. If you’re struggling with your goals, reach out to your network. They may have ideas or ways to help that will get you toward your goal. Being open and honest about your goals and where you might be stuck is a great way to cement them and reaffirm your dedication to them.
Additionally, speaking with your treatment team about setting goals can be a great way to get feedback and encouragement. They may be able to provide you with options, resources, and actionable steps that can help you reach your goals.
At Avalon Malibu, we understand the importance of setting goals. Many clients have seen success in our programs, as we place an emphasis on the importance of goals. Our staff loves supporting clients as they work to make their dreams a reality and achieve what they set out to from the start. If you’re wanting to learn more about how setting goals factors into our treatment plans or see how our team can help you achieve recovery, you can reach us at (844) 857-5992.