One month of sobriety? Sure, let’s celebrate! Other milestones to consider celebrating include: reconnecting with loved ones, finding a new job, returning to school, and many more. These celebrations allow for feelings of accomplishment within the once elusive recovery, opening pathways to take care of mind, body, and spirit afterward. These milestones represent real growth and change in your journey of recovery. This blog post outlines the most notable points in the journey of healing. Hopefully, you can use this information to recognize your achievements along the way.
The Benefits of Celebrating Your Milestones
Some may find it inconsequential to the recovery process, but celebrating these milestones can make a difference in a person’s recovery. The benefits of celebrating a recovery milestone include:
- Establishing a sense of accomplishment—which encourages you to keep moving forward.
- Boosting your confidence and self-esteem.
- Improving your mood by giving you a reason to be happy and appreciative of yourself and your life.
- Helping you feel more optimistic about the future can motivate you to strive for better things in life.
- Making it easier to stick with your recovery plan because it gives you something positive that’s worth fighting for every day (i.e., the chance to celebrate another milestone).
7 Milestones Worth Celebrating
1. Celebrate the Day You Decide to Get Help
The day you decide to do something about your substance abuse disorder marks a significant turning point. You chose not just for yourself but for your family, friends, and loved ones. Since this day often holds more uncertainties and more questions than answers, it calls for great courage. Celebrate the courage it took to start.
2. Celebrate Your First Day of Treatment
You’ve decided to get treatment, and now it’s time to go through detox and rehabilitation. It’s great to celebrate this milestone because it means you’ve taken the first step on your journey toward recovery. It also means you’re putting yourself in a position to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle without drugs or alcohol.
3. Celebrate a Day, Week, Month, 90 Days, or Year of Sobriety
If you’ve been sober for a week…
If you have been sober for one week, this is a huge milestone that deserves celebrating and recognizing! For many people in recovery, it takes years before they can celebrate an entire week sober – but you are already there! You’ve made it through some of the most challenging withdrawal times, and now you are ready to move forward.
If you’ve been sober for a month…
Thirty days sober marks an important milestone in recovery. Usually, after 30 days, most start to feel more like themselves again. This is because the body has fully detoxed from the substances. In addition, the mind has begun to clear up, allowing you to see things more clearly, think more clearly, and make better decisions. The 30-day mark in addiction recovery is crucial because it shows you have enough dedication and willpower to stay sober for an entire month. Everyone experiences their challenges while they recover from an addiction, so celebrating 30 days of sobriety can give you some much-needed motivation as you continue down this path.
If you’ve been sober for 90 days…
Ninety days of sobriety is an important milestone because the first 90 days are typically when the body and brain heal most. At this point, your mental fog should be lifting, and you may have more energy. After 90 days of sobriety, many feel better physically and mentally. Some begin to focus better and be more creative in the work environment. As a result, you’ll feel more productive and experience an increased sense of achievement and satisfaction.
If you’ve been sober for a year…
Recovery from addiction is a long-term process. It takes time to understand and heal from the root causes of your addiction, learn new coping skills, and integrate these skills into your daily life. To stay on track with your recovery takes work. Hence, a year or longer of recovery reflects the recovering person’s commitment and efforts to do better.
4. Celebrate a Sober Holiday Season
One of the most complex parts of maintaining sobriety is getting through a holiday season without relapse. Temptation abounds from Halloween parties to Thanksgiving wine to New Year’s champagne. But if you can make it through a holiday season sober, it’s time to celebrate!
5. Celebrate That People Are Starting To Trust You Again
If you have betrayed the trust of your family, friends, or coworkers during the substance use, you may have a hard time rebuilding that trust. Over time, as they observe your dedicated effort to stay in recovery, they may see changes in how you approach problems, communicate and build relationships, and overall growth in attitude and behaviors.
6. Completed Treatment Program
If you’ve completed a treatment program after the required duration, it’s cause for celebration. Completing rehab means you could stay for the entire length of treatment and remain sober throughout the process. Remember, success doesn’t happen overnight, and overcoming addiction takes time.
7. You Have a Job or Are Back at School
One of the essential factors in maintaining long-term sobriety is having a sense of purpose and accomplishing goals. Being gainfully employed or enrolled in school has enormous benefits for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Even landing an entry-level job is worth celebrating. It will help you develop new skills and relationships with coworkers who aren’t using drugs or alcohol.
Recovery is hard-fought and beautiful when you’re walking through it with the help of your friends and loved ones. You will likely encounter setbacks, but these are minor setbacks when looking at the big picture. Celebrate that you’re alive and moving forward one day at a time. Here at Restoration Recovery Center, we want to walk with you through the highs and lows of SUD recovery. With the help of our clinicians and treatment model, you can achieve long-term recovery from your substance abuse. You deserve a better life free from substance use, and you can certainly achieve it. Choose our treatment center and access a holistic, individualized recovery program. We also have higher success rates because our fully licensed treatment center provides evidence-based therapies, holistic services, psychoeducation, and Christian counseling. Let us show you the path to attain sobriety—for good. Contact us today at (888) 290-0925 to learn more about our treatment program.