Goals for the Future

goals for the futureWhat comes after addiction? There are too many possible answers to count. Sober living is designed to ensure that each resident has everything needed to be strong in recovery. This can include:

  • Family therapy to address issues at home
  • Ongoing mental health treatment and support
  • Ongoing psychotherapeutic support
  • Skills training to increase employability and work options
  • Job hunting assistance
  • Educational support

Which goals will drive your time spent in sober living?

Setting Priorities

Most people, in recovery or not, have a long list of things they would like to change or improve about their lives – lose a few pounds, spend more time with family, change something at work, tackle a new project, travel more, etc. – but if one attempts to take on everything at once then the usual result is that nothing gets done.

Those who enter sober living are there to set goals and begin to achieve them. The first step after identifying what you would like to do is prioritizing those goals in order of importance. This can be difficult to do when so much needs to be accomplished prior to the beginning of independent living, but it’s important to focus on primary needs first. This may mean:

  • Mending family relationships
  • Dealing with legal obligations
  • Finding a new job
  • Enrolling in an educational program
  • Finding a new home

Creating a Schedule

In addition to accomplishing some or all of the tasks on the list above, sober living residents will also need to maintain in other areas as well, including:

  • Attending 12-step and other support group meetings
  • Attending personal therapy and other sessions designed to augment therapeutic growth
  • Keeping up with house meetings
  • Taking care of chores at home

In order to accomplish all these things, many residents find it helpful to have a written schedule that they maintain in a planner as they keep commitments for meetings, go to therapy, attend skills training and life coach sessions, exercise, and spend time with sober friends and family members. It’s a lot to manage – but so is juggling the commitments and responsibilities inherent to sober life. Residents can practice this early on as they put into place the building blocks they will need for their sustained recovery.

Keep Your Eyes on the Future and Your Feet on the Road

It’s important to dream, to press the boundaries of perceived limitations, and to push yourself to achieve things that you may not have believed were possible in the past. Now that you are clean and sober, it’s true that you have an almost limitless number of paths to choose from. However, it’s important to remain focused on the big picture, taking into account the considerations that could come as well as the benefits and making safe decisions that prioritize balance, low stress, and emotional and physical safety.

For example, you may have a career in mind that has always been your dream – but it requires a high investment in terms of years and money before you can even qualify for an entry-level position in the field. If you have outstanding debts, children to support, no money to support yourself while you attend school, or a long track record of difficulty focusing in school or a hard time with the subjects you will need to study, then it may not be the best choice. Make choices that set you up for success, not stress.

These are not choices you have to make alone. Contact us at the phone number above and learn more about your sober living options and find the right support system to help you transition into your new life in recovery.