Addiction recovery isn’t an easy journey, but it can be one of the most rewarding journeys you’ll ever take. While addiction is certainly not something to celebrate, there are achievements or milestones in addiction recovery that you can celebrate with your family and friends as a way to mark your progress. Plus, celebrating these moments will give you something exciting to look forward to each day as you continue on your journey towards sobriety and renewed health. If you or someone you love is in the middle of recovering from addiction, here are some recovery milestones that should be celebrated!
This is a big deal because it means you’ve been sober for six months! Six months seems like such a long time when you’re newly sober, but trust us, it goes by fast. In fact, most people don’t even realize they’ve been clean for six months when getting treatment from North Jersey Rehabs, until they start counting up their 90 days. Six months of sobriety is often accompanied by lots of positive changes and accomplishments. So be sure to take some time to reflect on these positive changes (even if they seem small). Think about all the things you used to do that aren’t priorities anymore, or at least aren’t as big of priorities as they once were. For example, maybe you no longer think about drinking or using drugs every day.
Or maybe you’re spending more time hanging out with friends instead of isolating yourself alone in your room. These might seem like small changes, but they really are huge steps toward a healthier life and better relationships.
Addiction recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. This is why you need to learn how to walk away from your triggers, so that you can continually stay the course in this lifelong journey. Whether you have someone or something that triggers your addiction (e.g., alcohol), you need to learn how not to give in to temptation when it rears its ugly head. Walking away from those who trigger your addictions will be one of your biggest challenges during recovery; however, once you learn how, it becomes significantly easier with each challenge successfully overcome.
One year of sobriety at North Jersey Rehabs is cause for celebration! After 12 months of being clean and sober, you’ll likely notice major improvements in all areas of your life: physically, mentally, emotionally, financially…the list goes on!
The holidays can be especially difficult for addicts trying to stay sober because there’s always plenty of temptation around, especially during family gatherings or parties where alcohol flows freely. But it doesn’t have to be that way! By focusing on your recovery goals, you’ll be able to get through any holiday party without succumbing to temptation.
It’s easy to lose hope when you are addicted. It’s even more difficult to stick with recovery programs when they aren’t working immediately. If you find yourself wavering in recovery, remember that lasting sobriety is a process, and make sure that your goal is realistic given how long you have been addicted. In some cases, it can take several years of sobriety before you experience major benefits. But, if after two years, nothing has changed—that may be a sign that something needs to change. Even though addiction is a disease, there is a way to combat the hardships that accompany it, you just need to put in the work. Choosing recovery and fighting for sobriety? That takes strength. Focus on celebrating each victory along your journey; even small changes can make all the difference in your quality of life as an addict and eventual recovering addict.
Self-explanatory. Maybe you’ve been going to recovery meetings for a few months, maybe a year, or maybe longer. Maybe you have an accountability partner or sponsor, who you check in with regularly and who checks in with you. Maybe you’re working hard on your relationships in general, perhaps even reconnecting with estranged friends or family members. If so, congratulations! You are well on your way to recovering from addiction, and there’s plenty to celebrate as new recovery milestones are reached.
Five years of sobriety is HUGE. Not only does it mean you’ve stayed sober for half a decade, but you’ve also overcome many obstacles and setbacks along your journey. In five years, you’ll likely have developed new skills and habits that help keep you from relapsing. Plus, after five years of being clean and sober, you know exactly what triggers temptations, and what situations make you want to use again.
This is such an important aspect of recovery, so take a moment to pause and pat yourself on the back. First, celebrate how far you’ve come. For example, if you’re still early in your journey, think about how much progress you’ve made or what you have achieved already. But even if it feels like addiction is holding strong and there are no reasons to celebrate yet – take heart. It means that at least now you can recognize when things are going well (that wasn’t always easy to do). Whether it seems like too little or too much, it’s all progress; recovery is just like life: sometimes it has its ups and downs, but with time, everything evens out and people start enjoying themselves again. At some point, we’ve all either had someone in our lives who has struggled with addiction, or we’ve been that person.
Addiction is a debilitating disorder that can ruin people’s lives and tear families apart. While it might not be easy to quit at first, when you see your loved one making strides toward recovery, it helps to keep moving forward. Progress is slow, but steady, in recovery. Don’t compare your progress with anyone else’s because everyone’s journey is different! Instead of looking at how far you have left to go, pay attention to how far you’ve already come!
On average, it takes most people two years of sobriety before they reach full recovery – that’s definitely something worth celebrating, in the grand scheme of things, especially when looking at it from the lens of recovery milestones.
So, remember these recovery milestones and celebrate how far you’ve come in your journey to health and happiness. At North Jersey Rehabs, we take your addiction struggles to heart and will work together with you as you celebrate every milestone in your journey to recovery. Contact us today to learn more about starting treatment.
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