Resolutions and Addiction Recovery
The start of the new year has come and gone, and our coveted and optimistic list of resolutions is either entirely intact or wholly obliterated and forgotten. If you have managed to steer clear of gluten and fat and cigarettes for the past couple of weeks, then hats off to you. If you rapidly slipped back into your old ways after several days of white-knuckling, we can’t really blame you. After all, sticking to a diet or cold-turkey quitting a prolonged bad habit is not easy to do. In fact, crash diets typically don’t work for the same reasons attempting to cease drinking entirely without a sustained program of action doesn’t work – if you commit to changing a behavioral pattern, you must make internal, lasting changes that coincide with that behavioral pattern. If you’re trying to lose 10 pounds, cutting out carbohydrates will likely not be enough. You may find yourself binging on bagels in a matter of weeks. Will-power is rarely enough, and cutting one essential dietary staple out of your daily routine will probably leave you with some lingering and slightly overwhelming cravings. It would certainly better behoove you to change your entire lifestyle – changing your eating habits to focus on consuming more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains rather than saying, “no carbs” and restricting yourself until you finally crumble (like the delicious cookie you are greedily shoving into your gullet).
Crash Diets and White-Knuckling Rarely Ever Work
Quitting drinking is similar in the sense that merely saying, “no more booze for me” and avoiding every social gathering you are ever invited to for the rest of your life is typically not an efficient method of obtaining any kind of beneficial or meaningful sobriety. In order to truly reap the most reward from your resolution to quit entirely, you must wholly alter your lifestyle. When it comes to alcoholism or drug addiction, this means changing your attitude and outlook on life – totally altering your perspective as a result of some type of significant spiritual awakening. Wait… what? Undergoing a comprehensive and lasting change in perception seems a little extreme for a New Year’s resolution. Well, this why we say, “To heck with New Year’s Resolutions!” Rather than limiting ourselves to minor goals such as lose 10 pounds, or exercise more, or quit smoking, or cut back on Law and Order SVU reruns, why don’t we strive to completely alter our way of thinking, our outlook on life, and our day-to-day behavioral patterns? Sounds like a solid plan… but how do we go about doing this?
Resolutions Are Good, But Need to Be Backed by Action
If we struggle with drug addiction or alcoholism, the first step we must take in order to quit is being completely and brutally honest with ourselves. It is likely that we have avoided conceding to our innermost selves that help is a necessity for years and years. We have probably convinced ourselves that our drinking or drug use is still a matter of choice – that we can stop whenever we want to, we just simply aren’t through yet. The deep-seated denial has probably served us, too. Time and time again, we are able to tune out the discord and din and soothe ourselves with the deeply entrenched belief that we have got everything under control. In years past, we may have resolved to quit drinking entirely, or at least cut back significantly. This cunning, baffling, and powerful sense of renunciation has likely crept back in slowly throughout the beginning days of January, until we convince ourselves that ‘just one’ won’t do any real damage – that we definitely deserve it, after two whole weeks of swearing off.
Take an Honest Look at Your Past Resolutions
We can white-knuckle for awhile, but if thorough change is not facilitated we will always wind up right where we left off. If we take an honest look at our past behaviors, can we admit to ourselves that we may be powerless over or drinking or drug use? Have we tried to quit before and been unsuccessful or unable? Have we tried to limit our intake, only to find that we are consuming just as much or more than ever before in a matter of days or weeks? If we answer ‘yes’, we may need to consider looking into a program of comprehensive addiction recovery. While inpatient treatment is not always a necessity, it often proves extremely beneficial for those who have had a difficult time managing use on their own. For more information on addiction recovery, please contact one of our trained representatives today.