Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail For Addicts

Categories: Life in Recovery

Quitting a bad habit is probably one of the most popular yet commonly broken New Year’s resolutions of all time. At the start of the year, a lot of people promise themselves to quit smoking, junk food, alcohol or drugs. But just like a cheesy ballad on repeat, this becomes a cycle that never seems to find its finish.

According to statistics, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail and it does not even take that much time to abandon these promises. By the second week of February, most people who swore to make a life-changing acts are back to square one. This is a universal problem that happens to everyone from all walks of life – not just to addicts. Even people with the best intentions find it difficult to stay on track. What makes it much harder for addicts is that one slip-up can be a matter of life and death.

Reasons Why Addicts Fail in Their New Year’s Resolution to Quit

There are a lot of things that may derail a person who wants to change. Here are some of the  typical reasons why addicts fail in their promise never to use or drink again.

1.     Doing it for the sake of the occasion

People who want to go into recovery have to be committed to the treatment journey. Making a New Year’s resolution to quit drugs is not going to work if this is only being done to ride in the holiday bandwagon. It’s not enough to put it on the list without a clear game plan on how to achieve the goal.

2.     Surrounding yourself with the wrong crowd

When addicts  are on the path to recovery, it is crucial that they surround themselves with people who will not influence them to use again. If their friends are drug users, it will be hard for them to quit if they continue hanging out with this crowd. Many addicts relapse because of FOMO (fear of missing out), even if they are fully aware that they should already be quitting.

3.     Trying to do it alone

Addiction is not something to be proud of which makes many people hide this problem. The thought of asking for help is often pushed aside because of the fear of being judged or mistreated. But it is important to recognize that addiction is a disease that robs a person of self-control and clear thinking. Even if someone wants to quit, it can be very difficult without professional help and support.

4.     Expecting it to be easy

Being clean and sober for a few days straight does not mean that the cravings will not come again. There will be temptations and life pressures that can trigger these cravings in the future. Many addicts find themselves giving in to these cravings to ease their difficulties but that’s why it’s essential to have expert support and a suitable treatment program.

It’s not impossible to quit

While there may be more people who fail rather than succeed, it does not mean that you should. It is highly possible to recover from drug addiction and finally say that you’re one of the few who achieved your New Year’s resolution.

To help you jumpstart your recovery towards your new life, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Do it for yourself

As the cliché goes, it will not be easy but it will be worth it because YOU are worth the effort. While your family, friends and loved ones are a great motivation to make a change, you should be doing it for yourself first. What this means is recognizing that you still have so much potential and that you deserve a full life ahead of you without the cloud of substance abuse hanging over you.

Take it one day at a time

Know that it’s not going to be easy and there will be times when it’s going to be extra difficult. Don’t rush the process and believe that every small step counts. A great way to keep yourself motivated is to track your milestones and celebrate these small successes. This will help you visualize your progress and push you to keep you going.

Support yourself with the right professional team

Acknowledging the truth that you need help is a brave first step towards your recovery. That is why it’s important to choose a  rehabilitation facility that will be able to properly guide you in your journey.

At Anaheim Lighthouse, we believe that every individual has a unique story so we take a personal interest in making sure that you are provided with a personalized treatment program where you will thrive and succeed.

We are always on hand to provide you with the support and comforts you need so that you can focus on building your new self.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, now is the right time to call. Contact Anaheim Lighthouse and learn more about our specialized modes of treatment. Help is available today.

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