Many people make resolutions for the New Year without thinking about how they’ll follow through with them for the duration of the whole year. If your New Year’s resolution is sobriety, think about making one or more of the following goals to help you keep your resolution through the year.

    • Understand the addiction.

Learning as much as you can about addiction is the first step toward changing your ways. Knowing that you have to fight against your body’s tendency to drink helps you understand that it isn’t a curse or some sort of innate failing.

    • Seek outside help.

Getting help from a professional counselor or support group can make a big difference in achieving sobriety. Many of these people have also dealt with sobriety and can talk about how they stayed on the path to recovery.

    • Be open about your challenges.

It can be tough to talk about your struggle to get sober. However, the more that people know the more that they’ll be able to help you. Discuss your successes and failures, communicating how you feel about them.

    • Surround yourself with people who motivate and support you.

When you’re trying to get sober, the last thing that you need is people who will tempt you with alcohol or who won’t support your commitment to change your behavior.

    • Get at the root of the addiction.

For many addicts, there is an underlying problem that leads to the addictive behavior, such as depression or past trauma. Working through these issues will prevent you from returning to old habits.

    • Keep the long view in mind.

Sobriety is not something that happens overnight. Many people struggle to get sober for months or even years and often have setbacks along the way. However, the long term success will be worth the short-term sacrifices.