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Using Lists to Meet Your Recovery Goals

When you were using alcohol or drugs, you probably had a concise list of priorities. Addiction can make your substance of choice to control your life and decisions. While you may have had goals in your head, you probably weren’t taking an active interest in them.

In recovery, the opposite is true. Aside from staying sober, you probably have a lot of goals you’re working towards. Listmaking is one of the ways you can work towards daily goals.

Why Write a List?

Everything in recovery goes step-by-step for a reason. For example, you can’t get to step four (taking an inventory of yourself) if you haven’t completed step three. The first three steps help you learn to turn your life over to a higher power. Developing this trust and belief that things will be OK is crucial to learning a new way of life. The fourth step comes shortly after learning to turn your life over to your higher power.

Writing a list is an excellent way to plan your life and become more organized. After all, each goal you have in recovery will require taking steps.

Lists Aren’t Just About Getting Organized

Many people think that list-making is just something the super-organized personality types do. But research shows that list-making can help you stay motivated while you learn to accomplish things.

If you’re forgetful, a list can keep you on-task. List-making is also super helpful if you’re learning how to do something new.

People with anxiety also feel less stressed out when they make lists. There’s also something deeply satisfying (and calming) about writing a list and crossing things off of it.

So, next time you’re having trouble focusing or working towards a goal, try a list. You’ll learn to accomplish things a step at a time.

If you’re not sure how to accomplish something step-by-step, ask your friends or sponsor for more ideas. There are also some cool apps for iPhones and Androids that can help you write lists and offer reminders. Computers also have a lot of list-making templates and apps. So don’t be afraid of using technology to make your lists.

Getting Help for Addiction

Do you or somebody you love have a problem with alcohol or drugs? Help is available, and we’ll work with you to help you reclaim your life and start the journey of recovery. We can help with many aspects of recovery, from interventions with family members through aftercare. Please get in touch to learn more about your options and how we can help. You can reach us at 619-363-6747.






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Mark Gladden brings both personal and professional experience to his role as co-founder of Present Moments Recovery. Now in long-term recovery himself after struggling with addiction for years, Mark understands firsthand the challenges men face in achieving and maintaining sobriety. It was this insight, combined with a desire to help others, that led Mark to establish Present Moments Recovery.

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If Present Moments is the right fit for your current situation you will be speaking to Admissions Director Mark Gladden, who will be your guide throughout the process of arranging travel and undergoing an initial detox (if necessary). Mark has been the guide for dozens of men and women who have gotten their lives back by entering treatment at Present Moments. He has earned his reputation as being truly dedicated to the recovery of others. Mark will be the one to ‘show you the ropes’ when it comes to admitting to our facility for treatment

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