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The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. If you’re struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), this time of year can often bring about a renewed sense of hope to face your battles head-on. If you’re planning to make big changes in your life, the new year is an excellent time to do so. It’s always a good idea to become educated on addiction recovery resources and available treatment options, such as outpatient treatment.

The New Year: A Perfect Time to Begin Outpatient Treatment

If you’ve never attended outpatient treatment before, the new year might be the perfect time to begin your journey. For those who have tried outpatient treatment in the past, this time of year is also excellent to start again. 

If you do choose to begin outpatient treatment during this time, it’s important to be gentle with yourself throughout the process. Always remember that healing, of any kind, is not a linear event. 

Instead, your journey of healing addiction may have its ups and downs, so try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Always trust that you are exactly where you need to be at the perfect time.

New Year’s Eve and Holiday Triggers

For many people, the holiday season leading up to the new year may be a source of anxiety and triggering situations. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the holiday season can be “wrought with triggers such as songs, scents, and rituals.” Spending time with family during the holidays may also be a trigger that can lead to drinking or substance use during New Year’s celebrations.

During this time, it’s essential to create strong boundaries to protect your sobriety. If you choose to enroll in an outpatient program, clinical staff and peers can lend support and accountability when you need it most.

The Potential for Relapse

Sometimes, holiday celebrations, including New Year’s Eve, can lead to relapse. It’s important to be gentle with yourself during this time and celebrate your decision to seek out treatment. 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction has a chronic nature, and relapse can be part of the recovery process. NIDA states that newer treatments (and treatment centers) are “designed to help with relapse prevention.”

If you do choose to start treatment after a holiday relapse, it’s important to seek out a program that best suits your unique needs. Relapse does not mean you have failed. A quality treatment program will be well-equipped to handle relapse while treating you with the compassion and respect you deserve.

Goal Setting in the New Year

For many people, the new year means new goals. If you’re struggling with addiction, goal-setting can be an empowering tool as long as you do it in a way that feels best to you.

Sometimes, when unachievable goals are set in the new year, it can lead to feelings of failure. In order to avoid this feeling, it’s a good idea to set both short and long-term goals that you can really believe in. Small, consistent goals are a great way to move forward on the path to long-term sobriety.

When it comes to long-term goals, try to dream big while also maintaining a sense of realism. As you go about your year and start checking off your various goals, be sure to celebrate yourself for every single step you take in the right direction.

Be Gentle With Yourself

If you’re committed to setting long and short-term goals, the most important thing to remember is to be gentle with yourself through the process. Healing addiction is not a linear journey, and you may have setbacks from time to time. Try to reframe any negative setbacks as an opportunity to learn and grow. 

Stay Accountable

In order to stay accountable to your goals, it’s important to have people in your corner so you can openly talk about your struggles. If you have strong familial support, ask your family and loved ones to help you as you navigate the new year.

For those struggling with addiction, strong family support is not always an option. If this is the case, you may want to explore peer support from outpatient treatment or outside accountability groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Always remember that you do not have to go through your journey alone. The more you’re able to lean on others for support, the less weight you will have to carry on your own.

Finding Outpatient Treatment That Suits You Best

If you’re thinking about starting an outpatient program in the new year, don’t forget that addiction treatment is most effective when it is individualized.

Quality outpatient treatment programs should focus heavily on individualized care and support. If you’re thinking of enrolling in outpatient treatment, it’s important to find a program that suits your unique needs best.

Common Therapy Modalities in Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment can greatly vary from one program to the next. The opioid crisis, in particular, has led to a greater need for more and better treatment across the nation. Even though it may seem like there is a never-ending amount of treatment options, many programs will include a few common therapy modalities.

Group therapy is an extremely common component of outpatient treatment. You can find support and accountability for your goals in the new year through group peers who have been through similar struggles.

Individual and family therapies are two other common modalities that will support you along your journey. These two therapy modalities will take your unique experiences into account while giving you the comprehensive care needed to help you find lasting sobriety.

The new year is a time when many people with addiction seek a fresh start. Holiday triggers and relapse can lead to intense feelings of guilt, so it’s important to be gentle with yourself and understand that this is all part of the addiction recovery process. Setting both short and long-term goals will help you as you go along your journey, and you should celebrate yourself with each new achievement. The new year can be both inspiring and challenging, so it’s a good idea to find strong support and accountability through outpatient treatment. Here at Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our comprehensive curriculum includes group and family therapy, as well as individualized care and support. Call us at (214) 396-0259.