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Recovering from addiction is a long process marked by different milestones. Setting goals can help people move from one stage of recovery to the next without getting lost in the process or stuck in a particular aspect of recovery. Creating goals can also help individuals stay motivated about their recovery. Accomplishing those goals can help boost individuals’ self-esteem.
The most effective goals are specific and provide a sense of direction, motivation, and focus. But most people don’t automatically write those kinds of goals on their own. The acronym SMART can help you write goals that are clear, specific, realistic, and achievable.
SMART is an acronym used to guide people to write effective goals. According to the acronym, goals should be:
If individuals have never created a SMART goal before, they may not know how and where to begin. Fortunately, the process is pretty simple and mainly involves asking and considering various questions.
For example, individuals should ask the five “W” questions to create specific SMART goals. These questions can include:
Instead of simply creating a goal to “get in better shape,” a more specific goal could be “I want to start working out at my local community center gym three days a week to become healthier.”
To create a measurable goal, individuals should ask themselves:
Without this kind of criteria, many individuals lose track of their progress and never accomplish the goal they set.
Aiming to lose one pound of body fat every week is an example of a measurable goal.
The achievability of a goal should stretch individuals and challenge them. At the same time, the goal should be defined well enough that individuals can achieve the desired result. Some good questions to help you consider the achievability of your goals include:
To ensure a goal is realistic, consider asking the following questions:
Individuals need to make sure that the goal they have in mind can be achieved given the resources and time.
SMART goals are time-bound and have a definitive start and finish date. Some questions to consider when thinking about the timeliness of SMART goals include:
Often, goals without a deadline appear less urgent, making individuals less motivated to achieve the goal.
Creating SMART goals can take considerable time, but doing so can be highly beneficial and rewarding.
Almost all goals come from a desire to be better, but SMART goals:
SMART goals matter in addiction recovery because they help individuals think about the future rather than the current moment. In addition to that:
Here at StoneRidge Centers, we believe that setting the right goals can help individuals create a better future for themselves. But the goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and defined by time. Our team can help individuals set and accomplish these kinds of goals. Contact us today to learn more about addiction recovery, smart goals, and healthy practical ways to improve the quality of life.
Because mental health and addiction concerns are so often interconnected, we utilize research-based approaches with evidence-based outcomes that promote overall healing and recovery.
This low-impact magnetic stimulation activates neurons inside the brain, relieving symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.
Using brain scanning and readings, we create a map of our patients’ brains, helping us develop more targeted and effective treatments.
This process assists patients in visualizing their own brain functionality through continuous EEG readings.
We use carefully monitored doses of Spravato to help patients struggling with complex mental health disorders, including severe depression.
Patients use this practice to help reframe intrusive or negative thought patterns and develop coping techniques for long-term recovery.
This practice helps patients learn to regulate emotions, communicate more effectively, and process their own thoughts and feelings..
Licensed and trained therapists guide patients through this technique for managing stress and anxiety on an ongoing basis.
Patients experience one-on-one therapy sessions with a licensed therapist to provide a safe and private place to recover and heal.
Patients can practice the skills and techniques they have learned in treatment with others in a safe, therapist-guided space.
5940 E. Copper Hill Dr. Ste B & E, Prescott Valley, AZ. 86314
We exercise progressive, leading brain science in our treatment approach for patients in our community and across the country who are struggling with mental health and addiction challenges.