The new year is upon us. With it comes the newest crop of New Year’s resolutions and all of the promises we make to ourselves. Many Canadians resolve to fulfill their fitness, financial, or relationship goals. For the families of a teen struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, the resolution will be facilitating the health, safety, and healing of their loved ones. A key tool to achieving sobriety in the new year is setting sober goals.
Helping your teen set sober goals and succeed in drug and alcohol treatment will likely be the most rewarding, meaningful resolution you’ll ever have. At Venture Academy, our drug and alcohol treatment programs are designed specifically for the unique needs of teens. Find out more about how our team can help your teen enjoy a sober new year by calling 866.762.2211 or completing our online form.
Are Your Teen’s Sober Goals Set?
With the new year, there are new activities, responsibilities, and goals that will take your family’s attention. It is essential not to lose the goal of your child’s recovery from drug addiction. Before all of the other responsibilities have a chance to take up too much of your mental real estate, make sure to take the time to sit with your teen and focus on their sober goals. The goals they choose will set a necessary framework for their sobriety, along with help and encouragement from you. It is crucial that they go into therapeutic treatment for addiction with a few clear, sober goals in mind.
Examples of sober goals that may work for you and your family include:
- I will stay away from negative influences. – Peer pressure, regular exposure to drugs, and adverse effects of social media make life as a teen more challenging to navigate than ever before. Having a clear goal in mind to stay away from the negative influences whenever possible can save your child from slipping into drug and alcohol use again.
- I will put my sobriety first. – This is a goal that you, as a parent, can help facilitate for your child. Teens don’t always need to maintain perfect GPAs and shouldn’t be pressured to attend every family event. They may not always feel like talking to you. Continue to have expectations, but recognize when to ease up. Be patient with them, and help them prioritize being sober with as little stress a possible.
- I will not be afraid to ask for help. – Troubled teenagers cannot deal with their dependency issues alone. Ensure your teen knows they have your love and support. Having a solid support system that includes family, close friends, and the right treatment center helps guarantee that they will ask for the help they need to stay sober this year.
The Importance of Sober Goals in Teen Recovery
Setting sober goals helps everyone in their recovery, especially young adults. This can be such an uncertain time filled with ups and downs for your young adult child. Concrete goals are necessary to stay grounded while working toward sobriety. Clear goals help set the framework around what it takes to live a healthy, balanced life into adulthood. Along with their sober goals, a quality therapy program that includes detox is a great option to help your family pave the way to a sober year.
Let Venture Academy Help Fulfill Your Teen’s Sober Goals
At Venture Academy, we offer many valuable programs and tools to help your child stay on track and succeed in recovery. Let this new year be an opportunity for new beginnings for your family. Our treatment programs can help your teen stick to the sober goals that you’ve helped them create for themselves.
Learn more from our Venture Academy team today by filling out our online form or calling 866.762.2211 to help your teen set their sober goals into action.