April is Alcohol Awareness Month, dedicated to shedding light on alcoholism, recovery, and support for both alcoholics and their families. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease which can be fatal if left untreated. However, recovery is indeed possible. It is estimated that nearly 20 million people are recovering alcoholics. Here are some strategies for sobriety success.
First and foremost, as we wrote in a recent blog, a support system will be a vital key to your success. Because recovery is a long road with many twists and turns, find people who will walk alongside you to support and keep you accountable along the journey. These people will both help you through the hard times, as well as celebrate your milestones. This leads us to the next strategy for sobriety.
Set small, achievable goals for yourself throughout this journey. Though your goal of “recovery” is the ultimate aim of sobriety, you will soon find this is too large of a goal to focus on. Break your recovery journey up into smaller milestones and be sure to celebrate when you reach each one. Every step toward sobriety is as important as the next.
Remember, every day is a chance to start again. We all make mistakes, but this does not mean you have to throw everything away you have worked so hard for. There will be missteps along the journey, but recognize you have a chance to begin again—and do it!
Be familiar with the resources available to you. Nowadays, there are so many treatment options to aid in your recovery. There is everything from 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and group therapy, to rehabilitation centers and everything in between. At times, it may be overwhelming to determine what form of treatment is best for you. Though there are a lot of treatment options, the experts at Total Rehab Solutions are here to help find the best option for you!
If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism, call us today at (888) 507-1355 for a free, confidential, over-the-phone assessment.
“Celebrate what you have accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” ~Mia Hamm