Whether you’re just beginning your recovery journey or have decades of recovery under your belt, a new year offers an opportunity for a fresh start. Set aside time at the beginning of the year to reflect on last year and plan for a successful new year. Jeremiah 6:16 (New Living Translation, NLT) says, “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls…” Here are 11 questions to ask yourself to help you succeed in your recovery in the new year.
1. How did last year go for you in your recovery?
When reflecting on last year, it’s essential to consider both positive and negative experiences. Celebrate the successes. But don’t forget to analyze any failures so that the new year can be different.
2. What’s an impossible prayer you can pray?
Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. Ask God to do the impossible, for “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Don’t let fear hinder you from asking God for help; let faith fuel you.
3. In what ways can you simplify your life?
Stress and burnout are some of the reasons those struggling with addiction will relapse. If your schedule feels overwhelming, consider delegating tasks and trimming unnecessary activities. By embracing less, you can achieve more in your recovery journey.
4. What does the time you spend with God look like?
Start your day off right with a moment of peace and reflection. Schedule a daily quiet time with God; even just a few minutes can make a big difference. Begin with a prayer and delve into the life-changing words of God’s Word. A great Bible to read is The Life Recovery Bible.
5. How can you use your time more wisely?
For a few days, track where all your time goes. Then, take a closer look at your daily routine. Identify and eliminate non-essential activities that do not contribute to your recovery or healing.
6. Are there any healthy habits you’d like to start?
A habit is a behavior done with little to no thought. Reflect on any healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily routine. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself; solidifying a new habit may take weeks or months.
7. What everyday challenges do you face that could hinder your success in recovery?
Consider adding daily journaling to your routine if you haven’t already. It’s a powerful tool to become more aware of your emotions, thoughts, and the temptations that could hinder your progress.
8. Are there any mistakes that you made last year that you want to avoid making again this year?
A mistake made once or twice is a mistake, but a mistake made repeatedly is a pattern. Ask God—and your accountability partner—to show you some of the mistakes you made last year. Then, brainstorm ways to avoid making the same mistakes in the new year.
9. How can you make your relationships healthier?
It has been said that you are the sum of 5 people you spend the most time with. Are the people you are the closest to healthy? What about the rest of your relationships? For help forming authentic relationships where you’ll also find accountability, attend a Life Recovery Group weekly.
10. Where do you want to be in the future?
When addiction held you captive, the future felt bleak. But in recovery, goals and dreams are within reach. Imagine where you want to be a year to five years from now. God has gotten you through so much in the past; you can trust He has good plans for you in the future (see Jeremiah 29:11). 11. What steps must you take to get to where you’d like to be a year from now? Reflecting on what you could imagine for your future, take a moment to pen a letter to your future self one year from now. Share the essential steps you plan to take, the new habits you aim to cultivate, and the supportive individuals you can turn to for guidance.
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by Kimberlee Bousman