Setting goals for addiction recovery at Cove Center for Recover

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can
spend your life running up and down the field and never score
-Bill Copeland

So, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard someone talk about the importance of goals, and it probably won’t be the last. Especially since New Years was just around the corner. Putting aside all cliches, understanding the importance of goal setting and knowing how to set goals for yourself is crucial to accomplishing the great things in your life.

Goals in Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Treatment

In addiction recovery treatment it is also important to have goals that the client can work towards. These should always be realistic and relevant and there needs to be a way to assess progress. The type of goals that are set for treatment will depend on the exact needs of the client. The ultimate goal of rehab is usually complete abstinence from substance abuse in the future.

The National Institute for Drug Abuse advises that each person is unique and so the goals of treatment need to be suited to the individual. It is also often the case that goals need to be altered in relation to the changing needs of the client. For most addicts the ultimate goal of addiction treatment will be complete abstinence in the future.

Here are five important reasons why you need to set goals for yourself:

1. Goals propel you forward – Having a goal written down with a set date for accomplishment gives you something to plan and work towards. A written goal is an external representation of your inner desires; it’s a constant reminder of what you need to accomplish.

2. Goals transform insurmountable mountains into accessible hills – Most of us have big dreams that seem impossible to accomplish. It’s easy to feel discouraged when you’re staring at a massive, seemingly impossible job. Proper goal setting can help break larger, intimidating aspirations into smaller, more achievable stepping stones.

3. Goals help us believe in ourselves – Setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition. Goal setting isn’t just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, it’s also about giving us the inspiration necessary to aim for things we never thought possible.

4. Goals hold you accountable for failure – If you don’t write down concrete goals and give yourself a timeline for achievement, how can you look back and re-evaluate your path if you fail? There’s something extremely humbling about looking back on a goal you set for yourself six months, one year, or even three years ago, realizing that you were supposed to accomplish a lot more than you actually did. It’s a concrete sign that whatever you’re doing isn’t working, and you need to make real changes if you want to get where you want to be.

5. Goals help us to live life to the fullest – When you take the time to set goals, you’re ensuring that your life is geared towards getting the most out of every moment. There’s so much to do and experience in life, but many of the things we want to achieve and experience won’t be handed to us – we need to work for it.

In many ways, life is like a vacation (though it certainly doesn’t feel like it); we’re only given a certain amount of time to pursue our dreams, and then before you know it, it’s time to go. If you want to get the most out of your precious moments in life, you have to know what you want.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to have every single moment planned out. After all, what’s a vacation without a little serendipity, right? During your journey, you’ll find lots of interesting things to see and do that you never would have thought of before you started. Heck, your destination might change as you travel down the road and learn more about yourself and the world around you. But without a clear sense of what you want to do and where you want to go, you’ll never be able to live life to the fullest.