The new year is full of possibilities, providing you with 12 months of choice and opportunities. At the beginning of the year, you get to set the tone for the rest of your year. This is especially true if you are currently in recovery from addiction. You can set goals for the year to change where you are by the end of it. If you are currently in recovery, the new year can be that push you need to set goals and meet them, helping you progress in recovery bit by bit until you can cope independently. Take small steps in your recovery and get ready for the new year.

Set Goals

Much like a new year’s resolution, a goal is something you want to achieve in a certain amount of time. You can set short-term goals to accomplish quickly and long-term goals that will require more work over an extended period. Setting goals at the beginning of the year will help set the tone for your recovery. You can divide them by months, weeks or even days, depending on what works best for you. This way, you can take small steps in your recovery to heal over time and accomplish your goals when the time makes sense for you.

Develop a Schedule

Whether you are in rehab or currently working on your recovery at home, a set daily schedule can keep you focused and progress in your recovery. When you are in a treatment facility, you will most likely already have a schedule made for you. A schedule may include your meals, exercise, group sessions, individual therapy, outdoor activities, addiction education, time for socializing, experiential therapies, reflection and set times for going to sleep and waking up. However, outside of treatment, you will have to create a daily schedule that works best for you. Consider what your schedule in treatment looked like and go from there. You can also find examples across various recovery platforms online.

Set an Exercise Routine

Hardcore exercise is not for everyone, but luckily you don’t need to go all out with exercise to achieve a successful workout routine. If that works for you, then great, but there are other ways to achieve daily exercise. Exercise should be fun and shouldn’t seem like work, motivating you to engage. It may look like going for a walk, running through your favorite park, doing yoga on your balcony, swimming or anything that you enjoy doing that involves physical activity. Find what you like to do and get your body moving, then set a routine so you can exercise daily or a few times a week. An exercise routine will help your recovery by keeping you healthy, giving you sufficient energy and filling your free time to avoid boredom.

Nutritional Planning

Nutrition is another critical aspect of recovery. It gives your body the necessary nutrients needed to sustain recovery over time. Learning about what foods will offer you the vitamins your body needs will help you better plan your meals. Trying new foods and learning what healthy ones you enjoy and can incorporate into your daily meals will help your body heal exponentially. Educate yourself on nutrition and meal planning to make decisions about the food you are eating in your recovery—as well as make life a little easier because you planned ahead.

Participate in Support Groups

Connecting with other individuals in recovery who are working toward their sobriety can be a healing and transformational experience. It can be incredibly validating to talk to someone who has gone through the same trials and tribulations you have been through, even if their experiences are slightly different. Attending an online or socially distant in-person support group will provide you with an environment full of sober individuals who can support you on your good and bad days. It will also help you expand your sober support network, which you will need in the future, even if you are years into your recovery.

Practice Self-Care

Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of recovery is practicing self-care. Everyone understands going to therapy, eating healthy, exercising, talking to other sober individuals and other general recovery aspects. However, the basic practice of self-care is often overlooked because it seems so obvious. Yet so many people forget to practice it. This year, take time for yourself and slow down. Ensure you are taking care of your mental, physical and spiritual health to continue your healing journey. Self-care can look like taking a long hike somewhere picturesque, binge-watching a comedy series, taking a bubble bath once a week or making time to read that best-selling novel.


The new year is a time of limitless possibilities and goals that you can set to progress in your recovery. Recovery is a journey you must take at your own pace, and the new year allows you to set goals that you can work towards over the coming days, weeks, and months. Each step you take should be conducive to your recovery, keeping you healthy and on a path that keeps you away from temptations and triggers. At Authentic Recovery Center, we want you to live your best life and have a plan for your recovery. Our Los Angeles addiction treatment offers a variety of treatment options designed to meet your individual needs. If you have any doubts about going into the new year, reach out to us to talk about how to get you back on track. You don’t need to heal all at once. You can take small steps toward your recovery to achieve bigger goals. Call us today to start your path to recovery at (866) 786-1376.