Setting Intentions for the New Year

Setting Intentions for the New Year: How to Make Your Resolutions a Reality

The New Year gives us an exciting and fresh opportunity that we don’t always feel we get the rest of the year. We can think of ourselves like that mountain goat! In this cold, dark time of the year, we too have to forge rocky terrain to get to those parts of ourselves where we see more light. When we set our New Year’s resolutions, we can set ourselves up for success by outlining all the necessary SMART goal components. We can ask ourselves: is this really sustainable for me all year? How specific is my goal? Is this attainable in my lifestyle right now, or is this something I need to gradually work my way up to? Is this relevant to where I’m at on my journey right now? And then we can make our goals time-based by breaking it down into smaller, bite-sized chunks. Reminders could be little notes to ourselves, motivational quotes, a mantra, or even scheduling events on our calendars to check in with ourselves about the goal. Lastly, be gentle with ourselves! Change takes both hard work and time. What are the ways we can reward ourselves for our efforts and give ourselves a little sweetness? When we reach a milestone, we can treat ourselves to some self love! We need to do those things that bring us joy, be it diving into a good book, a hot bath, a new outfit, a massage, a class we’ve wanted to take, etc. What are some ways your making changes in the New Year?


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An awareness campaign and toolkit for parents, teachers, school administrators, and teens.   As the real risks of “vaping” remain largely misunderstood by adults and teens alike, Vaping: Know the Facts boils down the latest science into a free, open-source toolkit that explains the harms associated with adolescent vaping and empowers audiences with the tools to take …

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‘Sober Bars’ Are Giving More And More Recovering Alcoholics A Social Place For Fun Without Booze

At Choices Peer Recovery Coach Trainings we understand that getting sober is already a challenge, but it can also be difficult to stay on the wagon when drinking and hanging out in bars is such a common social activity for adults. Thankfully, “Sober bars” like the Cherokee Recovery Village in Bastrop, Texas are providing recovered …

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FindTreatment.gov Launches to Help More Americans Find Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll released the following statement after the Trump Administration unveiled FindTreatment.gov, a substance abuse treatment locator. The tool, which can be accessed at FindTreatment.gov, allows Americans to find substance use treatment for themselves or others. “When someone opens up about their struggles with addiction, it’s …

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