New Year, New You: Following Through with Your Fresh Start

New Year, New You: Following Through with Your Fresh Start

The New Year is now upon us, and for a lot of people, that means the early beginnings of New Year’s resolutions. Though the time between December 31st and January 1st may be no different than any other new day, this time of year is in very many ways a major psychological line in the sand. For those with resolutions, that line becomes one to symbolically step over into a fresh start. However, for any resolution tied to addiction and recovery, taking that step and staying on the path ahead requires you to follow through and address the unique issues in doing so.

With 2019 now here, our team at Novus Detox® wanted to follow up on a previous blog about making it through the holidays and setting resolutions by focusing on the follow-through. The New Year can be a powerful catalyst for recovery and Sustainable Sobriety® - but it does require follow up, action, and the support of professionals who can help you take the safest and most effective first steps. Below, we discuss some of the reasons a new year can very well mean a New You.

The Psychology of New Year’s: Resolutions & Recovery

Though time is something humans created, the end and beginning of a year causes many people engage in self-reflection that so often results in New Year’s resolutions. In fact, a study from Cornell and the University of Chicago published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin shows approximately half of the population makes resolutions each New Year. Of those, over 55% are health related (exercise more, eat healthier, create healthier habits); over 34% work-related (learn more, earn more money, save, get out of debt); and roughly 5% related to social goals (spend more time with loved ones, enjoy life).

Those goals make sense, and their common among anyone who can identify things they aren’t happy about, and areas where they can and want to improve. However, research indicates most people (with some estimates as high as 80%) eventually end up abandoning their resolutions within a matter of weeks. So what’s the problem and how can you address it when making recovery-based resolutions of your own? Experts suggest a few things:

  • Committed Change – Resolutions related to eating a consistently healthy diet, improving professionally, saving money, and spending more time with loved ones are difficult things to do any time of year. The same is true, of course, with addiction. Even if you’re feeling positive about making a resolutions and changing the cycle of abuse and relapse, remember that making resolutions work means changing behaviors - and in order to change behaviors, we have to change the way we think.
  • Enjoyment & Importance – In the study mentioned above, participants expressed that both enjoyment and importance were significant factors in whether they would adhere to their resolutions. However, researchers noted enjoyment as the most significant factor behind a person’s ability to stick with their goals. If they saw immediate rewards from new habits, such as more time or ability to learn and enjoy new activities or old forgotten ones, they’d be more likely to stay on track. This is part of the reason why Novus Detox focuses on the overall wellbeing of our patients, and why we provide a personalized, comprehensive array of services and amenities at our facilities that can help patients feel the immediate benefits of their committed efforts.
  • Overthinking – Experts note much of the problem with sticking to resolutions stems from the internal conflict between doing what you want to do, and what you should do. Overthinking how difficult the coming challenges may be (i.e. withdrawal), and even thinking about your resolutions as something you “should” do can create barriers to change. Not only can overthinking hold you back from fear of having to confront a challenge, thinking in terms of “should” also creates the mentality that your goal is just a possibility, and provides a very convenient excuse.
  • A Starting Point – There’s nothing wrong with the desire to create a “New You” and to want this year to be the last you struggle with addiction. Humans’ desire to start fresh and draw a line in the sand they can step over has been around for a long time. However, there can be problems when it comes to increased levels of stress, focusing on a lofty goal without thinking about the first steps, and forgetting change needs to be maintained and improved upon with growing skills. There’s also the added medical and health concerns associated with detoxing from drugs and alcohol. At Novus Detox, our detox programs focus on easing the immediate challenges of withdrawal, and provide the comforting and comprehensive support patients can use as their starting point to enter the next steps of recovery.

Staying focused on your goal, exerting committed effort, minimizing fear and worry, and framing it all in a way you can feel happy about are all crucial elements of making a New Year’s resolution work. Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially when the initial steps to change amid addiction, including the fear of pain, sickness, and anxiety that accompany detox, can be difficult barriers to recovery. Fortunately, help and support is available.

Let Novus Detox Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

At Novus Detox, we’ve undertaken a decade-plus mission to research and develop our own methodology and specially compounded medicines to ensure the most comfortable, safest, and effective withdrawal and detox available. Because proper management of withdrawal and detox is vital to stabilizing your body and mind and preparing for the future you envision, Novus makes an optimum starting point on your road to recovery.

Whatever the past year has brought, the time for a fresh start is now. However, simply making a resolution or hoping a planned change will stick are things very easily lost in the cycle of addiction. The key is a step toward full commitment, as well as the support of a committed team of professionals who know how to make the difference. If you would like more information about Novus Detox, our facilities, and how we may be able to help you, we invite you to call us at (855) 464-8550 or contact us online. Novus means “New,” and we’re ready to help you find your way to a new addiction-free life.

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