3 Sobriety Goals for 2021
2020 has been a rough year for all of us, but 2021 is looking promising. We hope you had a great holiday season, and now it’s time to look forward to the new year. With the new year comes the opportunity for us to strengthen our sobriety. While many people try to set New Year’s resolutions, in recovery, we know this thing is a marathon and not a sprint. Many people fall off from their resolutions within a month or two of the New Year, but when you set some sobriety goals, it’s helpful to look at the big picture. Here are some practical goals for your sobriety that you can set for 2021 that will help strengthen your sobriety.
Set a Meeting Goal
When you first get sober, it’s often suggested to do 90 meetings in 90 days. Since your first 90 days, you may have dialed back on your meetings, and it’s a common mistake that people start to make as they continue to stay sober. You may not need to hit meetings daily, but it’s good to have a weekly habit of going to meetings. Many people ask, “How many meetings do I need to go to each week?”, and that answer varies depending on your own personal sobriety.
Take a look at where your sobriety is and what’s doable. For some, you may need to go to three to five meetings a week to feel spiritually fit. For others, it may only be one or two meetings a week, and you also need to take into consideration your work, family, and other priorities. The best thing you can do is take a realistic look at how many meetings you need and what’s realistic, and then make that your goal. It’s also great to have some accountability, so tell your sponsor or someone in your support group what your goal is so they can be there for you.
Finish Your Steps
How long should the 12 steps take? That’s a great question that a lot of people ask, and it’s different for everyone. When the 12 steps were first created, most people were finishing them within weeks or a couple months. Now, the process is a little bit more in-depth, but sometimes we drag our feet on putting pen to paper and getting the steps done. Whether you’re on your first, fourth, or ninth step, a great 2021 sobriety goal is to have your steps completed by the end of the year. Some people start step one each January and do one step a month until the end of the year, and that’s a strategy that may work for you if you’ve already completed the steps and want to go back through them.
Don’t Forget About Your Mental Health
Staying connected to the recovery community is a great way to maintain your mental health, but you should always be supplemental activities as well. The leading cause of relapse is an untreated mental illness, so what can you do for your mental health? Making your mental health a priority in 2021 can be going to therapy regularly, and it may be ensuring that you’re taking your mental health medications. This may also be a great time to take up more exercise or a meditation practice, which are both great for your mental health as well.
If you need additional help with your sobriety in 2021 or have a loved one who is struggling, allow Enlightened Solutions to help. To learn more about our program, give us call today at 833-233-7336.