January 2015 News

Women's Smart Recovery Group will not run on February 18, 2015 due to staff training

2015 – New Year’s resolutions, intentions or dreams?

Most of us have thought about making changes in our life. We often wait for a ‘beginning’ to make changes, either the beginning of a new year or the proverbial diet that begins on Monday. Often those changes are forgotten by Valentine’s Day and the new diet ‘broken’ by Wednesday.
What is the difference between a resolution, an intention and a dream? The definition of a resolution is “a firm decision to do something”, an intention is “something that someone plans to do” and a dream is “something that somebody hopes, longs, or is ambitious for, usually something difficult to attain or far removed from present”.

As a provider of addictions services, Directions has experience in helping people manage their alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The same principles apply to other addictions such as gambling and food addiction. We can help you make your new year’s resolution something more than a pipe dream. Let’s think of this a journey. The following 9 tips can help you navigate your pathway to recovery.

  1. Before you begin, plan what is it you want to do. Be clear about the goal and do your homework. This is like reading up about the hike that you want to do, talking to people who have done it and looking at the map.
  2. Ensure your goal(s) is realistic. If you are completely unfit, you cannot run a marathon within a month, but you can start with walking for 30 minutes. If your goal(s) is unrealistic, it is likely that you will become despondent and give up.
  3. Seek support… from family, friends, colleagues and/or professionals, sometimes this can be online through forums or social media. There is an African proverb which states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. A journey is not a sprint, it is more important that you reach your destination.
  4. Stay honest with yourself, this means don’t pretend or hide when there is a slip… but don’t catastrophize a slip. Many of us are all or nothing creatures. If we slip, it becomes an out-of-control slide rather than a momentary stumble before we regain our balance and continue down our chosen path.
  5. Prepare for the difficult situations by having alternatives, supports and strategies available to you and practice using them even before the going gets tough so that it becomes second nature.
  6. Take it one step at a time and when it gets difficult, just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t forget to breathe. Rest when you need to and use that time to appreciate your surroundings and how far you have come.
  7. Recognise and celebrate the milestones along the way. Small rewards help to keep you on track; but make sure they are healthy and enhance your journey.
  8. Help and encourage others, in that way you feel better about yourself and you keep your motivation high.
  9. Keep your eye on the prize, don’t get side-tracked. Know where you are going and why you want to get there. Make your end goal visual and if you can tie it in to something that resonates with your core values, it will much easier to stay on track.

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