A Recovery Checklist
A list of important goals for the first year of your recovery. Use it as a reminder and to help you stay on track in the days and months ahead.
- Accept that you have an addiction
- Practice honesty in your life
- Learn to avoid high-risk situations
- Ask for help
- Practice calling friends before you have cravings
- Become actively involved in self-help recovery groups
- Go to discussion meetings and begin to share
- Get a sponsor and do step work
- Get rid of using friends
- Make time for you and your recovery
- Celebrate your small victories. Recovery is about progress not perfection.
- Practice saying no
- Take better care of yourself
- Develop healthy eating and sleeping habits
- Learn to relax and let go of stress
- Discover how to have fun clean and sober
- Make new recovery friends and bring them into your life.
- “Play the tape forward” to deal with cravings
- Find ways to distract yourself when you have cravings
- Physical activity helps many aspects of recovery
- Deal with post-acute withdrawal symptoms
- Develop a strategy for social settings where drinking is involved
- Thank the supportive people in your life.
- Develop tolerance and compassion for yourself and others
- Say goodbye to your addiction
- See yourself as a non-user
Give Your Feedback
I am interested in hearing your opinion on the important goals for the first two years of recovery. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise to personally respond to every email.
February 17, 2014