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Getting Sober in the New Year

two sparklers are touched to symbolize getting sober in the new year

Every first of January, people around the world set out to change their lives for the better. New Year’s resolutions are almost always directed inward and aim to rectify one aspect of an individual’s life that they could improve or may have plagued them the year before. For many, that goal is getting sober. Substance use disorder (SUD) affects close to 20 million Americans, so it’s no wonder that sobriety is such a popular goal.

However, many fall short of their resolution or can’t seem to keep at it for long. To look at why that is and what can be done about it, people should understand what’s at the heart of the New Year’s resolution and why it might take more than a resolution to make a real difference. One place to start is by contacting the experts at California Centers for Recovery. Our detox programs in California are the ideal starting places for those who want to break free of their addiction, all in a luxurious and carefully curated environment. You can begin your New Year’s resolution to get sober by contacting us at 877.328.5682 or messaging our team online.

How to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions

As synonymous with New Year’s resolutions as the wishes themselves, breaking or failing to achieve them are something of a February holiday. People who fail to achieve their resolution might feel like they set their sights too high, or other times a crushing sense of inadequacy. Regardless of what the resolution itself may have been, failure can hurt—especially when it felt like that was your best shot.

Often, the new year is that shot, being both traditional and having seemingly everybody else trying to lose weight, save money, or even get sober. It can feel like everyone you know is trying to self-improve. In the case of recovery, failure may deter someone from getting sober in the same way again.

Why a Resolution Alone Likely Won’t Cut It

For those who fail to achieve their goals, the basis of their resolution may have set them up for failure from the start. A problem with virtually every New Year’s resolution is that the decision to make a meaningful life change on a date in January is arbitrary by nature. Of course, it should be obvious that the first day of the year has no intrinsic properties, but the problem arises when using the new year alone as a foundation for something as crucial as sobriety. 

A solution to this problem is to approach “resolutions” differently. Rather than waiting for a new year to roll around, taking inventory of one’s life at that moment can unearth more substantive reasons to make change happen. What those reasons are, whether it’s realizing the health consequences of a substance use disorder or seeing the damage it has done to relationships, largely depends on the individual. What matters is that you don’t just choose to sober up because it’s the new year—it has to come from a place of meaning. Within a month, the new year will have settled in, and the motivation just might not be there.

Resolve to Detox at California Centers for Recovery

In addition to having a strong set of motives for becoming sober, it’s equally important to have access to a support structure that can make that a reality. Friends, family, and professional help are all means of both assurance and assistance. Finding that source of professional help can be easy once you contact California Centers for Recovery. Our team is composed of people who understand your situation, whatever it may be, and are dedicated to making recovery personal to every patient.

The approach we take to ensure recovery puts the individual first. We aim to provide comfort, support, and treatment to everyone in the way that benefits them most. Getting sober is possible this new year. Take the first step, and call us at 877.328.5682 or reach us online today.