Addiction treatment can be hard, there is no doubt about that. However, once a person gets through the initial two weeks or so, things start to get easier. Addiction treatment helps people stop using substances, gives them skills to maintain their sobriety, and allows them to be productive with their family, work, and in society. One of the biggest things that help the most with addiction treatment, is to set treatment goals. Treatment goals are what the recovering addict is working towards. These goals have to be specific and meaningful to the person in order for them to want to work toward them.
Identifying Addiction Treatment Goals
Identifying your personal treatment goals in rehab can seem easy, but when you actually start to list out your goals, you may find that it’s more difficult. Becoming sober and clean is an obvious goal that every addict has in common, but expanding on that goal is important. For example, a person who is in rehab wants to live a life of sobriety with a goal of being able to learn how to be productive at work. Another person may have as a goal to learn more about themselves spiritually to better understand their addiction. Treatment goals are very personal and the addict can’t be told what their goals are. Goals can be short-term, such as getting through detox safely and successfully, they can be long-term, such as having the goal to earn back the trust in friends and family, or they can be a lifetime, such as living a life of sobriety.
Break Down Your Goals
If you find that your goals are all long-term, you may feel daunted. A good way to simplify big goals is to break them down into smaller goals or steps. Recovery itself is a long-term goal and thinking about it can make you feel as if it’s not possible, but when you break it down into smaller goals, it’s definitely possible. For example, if a person’s goal is to get a good job after rehab and keep it for a long time, you could break that goal down into smaller goals, such as the following:
- Research and find jobs that fit my requirements and that I have the skills for.
- Create a resume or update a current resume to fit the jobs I am applying for.
- Apply for all jobs and follow up with them in two weeks.
The above are examples of smaller goals that can be accomplished in a short period of time and gets you moving towards the bigger goal. As a person completes the smaller goals, they will eventually find that they have achieved their bigger goal, and most of the time they’ll reach their bigger goal much faster than if they weren’t following smaller goals. Individualized addiction treatment needs to include personal goals in rehab, both long-term and short-term.
Reach Your Goals at Serenity
At Serenity Rehabilitation, we understand how setting personal goals, both long-term and short-term can drastically improve one’s experience and outcome with their rehabilitation program. We have done everything we can to make addiction rehab better for our clients. We’ve taken strides to cultivate the best and most effective rehabilitation program imaginable. Our founders have spent years researching addiction, detoxification, and rehabilitation to put together a rehab program that works for different people. The treatment programs at Serenity are evidence-based, meaning patients are able to stay as long as needed until they are ready to re-enter society. If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance abuse addiction, call us at 1-855-218-2796 to speak with one of our advisors.