5 Tips for Setting Recovery Goals

Setting  recovery goals for drug and alcohol addiction can be extremely vital to an individual’s progress. Setting goals makes it easier to know what progress we have made so far and what we have achieved. Besides creating a plan on how to reach that goal, it also gives us something special to work towards. Having goals is important to the recovery process because they keep us accountable, increase our self-esteem, build confidence and inspire personal growth.

By following these 5 useful tips below for your recovery goals hopefully you will not lose sight of them and continue every day towards a healthy sobriety:

Write them down

Take two pieces of paper and write down on one piece your long-term goals and on another your short term goals. Remember that long-term goals should take at least a year or more to accomplish. When you have written them down, post the paper in an area that you will walk past and see every day.

This tip can be very effective because you are able to physically see your list every day when you walk past and it helps to keep your mind in focus. Writing down your long and short-term goals also allows you to fully focus on what you want to change about your life so that you can become a healthier and happier you!

Tell your family and friends

You are more likely to achieve your goals when you share them with your family, friends, counselors, and sponsor. Having a strong support group will help you to get one-step closer to achieving your positive recovery goals.

Having a support group will most likely encourage you to stay on track of your goals and can give you valuable advice to remain sober and focused. A strong support group is there to help you when the time gets tough and you’ll feel more open to discussing your inner thoughts and feelings with those you know care and love you.

Be open to failure

As with everything in life, failure is a common aspect and to be expected. Be open to possible failures, if they come welcome them warmly and then put it aside and keep going. This is easier said than done, but by remaining strong willed and determined you will be able to get past them eventually.

Any individual working towards positive recovery goals will hit a bump along the way, failure is an important part of the process and it only helps you to learn and grow.

Don’t give up

No matter how impossible the goal seems at first, remember that there is never a goal that you cannot reach. If you get discouraged and start to doubt yourself, remember that it’s part of our human nature and instead, just keep trying and don’t give up.

Even if you have a relapse, don’t despair. Learn, grow, be patient and importantly be persistent and you will eventually get there.


Whether it be successfully meeting your short-term or your long term goals, celebrate. Take a deep breath and enjoy the feeling of happiness, this is an amazing accomplishment that you have made! Most importantly, celebrate in a healthy way; treat yourself to a day at the spa, a ticket to see your favorite soccer team play at the stadium, a nice night at a restaurant or even a flight ticket to explore a new part of the world.

Never forget to acknowledge your improvements and continue on the path of recovery in a positive light.

Staying committed to a goal takes time, persistence and a plan. By making your goals your own and not about anyone else you’ll be able to stay strong with your recovery. The goals you set out will soon become tangible proof of the effort you are putting into turning your life around positively.

Each person is responsible for creating his or her destiny and shaping the direction they want their life to take. The future is YOURS! Shape it as you desire and continue to work towards a better life as each day comes.

Are there any other tips you can recommend to help set recovery goals? Let us know in the comments below.

Author Bio

I’m Carl Towns a 28-year-old wanna-be writer; I am also a recovering addict in the path of self-discovery. My goal is to learn as many things as possible and to seize every single moment I live, pretty much trying to make up for all that I missed on the years I was lost in drugs and alcohol (among other things). I’m in love with tech, cars and pretty much anything that can be found online.


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