New Year’s Resolutions for Those in Recovery

January 23, 2020

New year; new decisions? The start of the new year is a great time for goal-setting. For a person struggling with substance misuse, renewing resolutions or setting new goals towards a healthier and happier lifestyle can help restore hope and strengthen efforts in their pursuit of recovery.

5 Resolutions for Those in Recovery


You can do it. Make an effort to maintain a positive mindset and attitude. Seek new opportunities to donate to a good cause or volunteer your time. Perform random acts of kindness. Read inspirational books or daily affirmations.


Scheduling quality time with friends and family will help with keeping accountability in your recovery goals. Reach out to a close friend, parent, or sibling and strengthen your relationships. Allow their encouragement and support to help you stay on track with your goals.


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Whether it’s doing a morning workout to start your day, improving your diet and eating habits, resting for a full night of sleep, or using yoga as therapy. Find what works for you and commit yourself to improve your health and well-being.

4. Resolve to celebrate your victories

Remember that your journey to recovery is not an easy one. Take a moment to celebrate all of your accomplishments, despite how small some may seem. Keep a journal or calendar to track your changes and growth. As you pass different milestones, set up rewards for yourself.

*Be sure to discuss your rewards with a therapist to make sure your rewards are safe and comply with your recovery process.

5. Resolve to ask for help when needed

Committing to new resolutions and setting goals is only the beginning. Recovery is an ongoing process. LRADAC creates pathways and provides resources that can help throughout your journey. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug misuse, contact us today 803-726-9300. For more information about our treatment services and programs that are tailored to fit your needs, visit:

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.