Setting Meaningful and Realistic Goals in Recovery

 When you decide to quit your addiction for good and enter into the lifelong process of recovery, you’ll find yourself thinking a lot about goals, your future, your dreams, and aspirations. You might get caught up in all these thoughts and wonder, “How will I get there?” 

Sometimes thinking of it all can feel overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Achieving all of your dreams and desires for your healthy future is as simple as setting realistic and meaningful goals. You can describe goals in many ways, but the two ways most helpful to people in recovery are realistic and meaningful. 

In recovery, life can be tough as it is, you’re fighting to learn a new way to live, that’s why you should set realistic goals to help you move closer and closer to the healthy future you desire. In recovery, you’re making a not-so-easy choice to live a sober life, that’s also why you should choose goals that are meaningful to you. Just because everyone else has the same goals or similar goals such as buying a home or having kids, doesn’t mean you should have the same goals. So, dig deep and set goals that encompass your own priorities and put you on a path to achieving your own dreams. 

When you think about what you want, write it down. Write exactly what you want out of life and then begin your plan for how you’ll get there. When you list the short, actionable steps for achieving your dreams, you’re setting goals. See, that wasn’t as hard as you thought it’d be, was it?

When you start to cross off these steps as you’re taking them, remember to think about you’re doing so far, are you happy with your progress or is there room for improvement? Reevaluate your goals along the way and remember to adjust as it becomes necessary. 

Set your goals, follow your dreams, and never stop seeking to make improvements in your lifelong health and recovery!

N.D. “Set Effective Goals for Your Recovery”. American Addiction Centers. (Website). March 2014

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  • Thanks for this post. I think it's important to set smaller, achievable goals for yourself in recovery, rather than lofty, more challenging goals. The logic behind that is that smaller goals will allow you to succeed, and success breeds more success. If you set goals that are too ambitious and fail, that may cause you to thing negatively about yourself and stop trying. Remember: Progress, not perfection. And even baby steps will eventually get you to where you want to be. :)
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