You’re back from drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation and now it’s time to do the hard work at home. Organizing your sober life after going to Discovery Institute, the top rated drug rehab center in New Jersey, can be intimidating. How can you possibly go back to a life that lead you to addiction after being in such a safe and healing place at the Institute? You know you have to go back, but how can you give yourself the motivation to do the necessary things to succeed at sober living in New Jersey?

Dangle A Carrot For Short Term Goals

Discovery InstituteIf you have kids you know that sometimes you just have to bribe them to get things done! Asking them to clean their room can result in a fight and still never accomplish getting them motivated to pick up their toys and clothes off of the floor, but the moment you tell them if they clean up their room you can go to the park afterward they are flying through the house determined to get things done.

Here’s a secret, we never really grow out of that. Sometimes it’s hard to be motivated to do the most basic tasks in life, so reaching for new heights can feel absolutely impossible. A great way to help is to make short term goals and give yourself a planned and healthy reward when you meet those goals. Dangling a healthy carrot for yourself can help you make small changes.

Small Successes Add Up To Big Changes

After going through Discovery Institute’s addiction treatment in NJ, you know that no aspect of healing or progress happens immediately. That can be a frustrating and sometimes demoralizing fact. But remember, all of the small changes you embrace as a way to make your sober living richer and healthier, add up to a more beautiful and productive version of living. Small goals should be created with your bigger dreams in mind. Try to resist focusing on the big goals. Reach new heights by motivating yourself to take one step at a time. Eventually you’ll see that you’ve walked miles.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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