Did you know that you can use your to-do list to fight depression? Research has shown that individuals who regularly give themselves specific and attainable goals throughout the day, and work towards achieving those, report feeling more confident and less depressed.
So, why does this work? Scientists theorize that individuals who craft personal and professional goals benefit from a series of self-esteem boosts as they’re able to meet and exceed their own expectations.
While goal setting can serve as a helpful tool for everyone, it’s especially helpful for those with a dual-diagnosis. That positive momentum can help you fuel your goals of sobriety too.
3 Healthy Goal-Setting Habits
(1) Pick up a book once a day. If you want to start adding more mini-goals into your everyday routine, consider setting your sights on reading every day. To ease into it, set a timer for 15 minutes at the same each evening to read a good book. This is also a good exercise in breaking down a larger project (reading an entire novel) into bite-sized, attainable tasks (reading one chapter at a time.)
(2) Curb spending with a “cash only” day. If you’re paying with a credit or debit card, it’s all too easy to spend more at the grocery store or at the mall than your budget allows. Based on your personal budget, pick one day of the week where you set aside a specific amount of cash and only use that for purchases that day. By getting into the habit of staying within your budget, you’ll be able to meet your longer-term financial goals.
(3) Aim to keep your car parked on Saturdays. If you happen to live within walking distance restaurants and coffee shops, think about cultivating a goal to work more exercise into your routine. For example, instead of getting into the car on Saturday to grab a cup of coffee, grab your sunglasses and walk or bike there instead. There are a lot of different ways in which you can achieve your personal fitness goals and you don’t have to pay for a gym membership to support your good health!
If you are thinking about setting goals for yourself as part of a sober routine, it’s important to make them specific AND attainable to break the cycle of negativity. Goals that are vague (I want to be more fit) or too lofty (I want to run a marathon next month) can derail your progress.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Synergy Group has become widely renown for achieving great outcomes in the treatment of individuals who are struggling with a co-occurring disorder in addition to a chemical dependency. Part of the reason is that our very intimate setting accommodates a maximum of five clients at a time and the high staff to client ratio allows us to closely monitor how each client is responding to the various therapeutic processes and adjust their regimen accordingly. Call: (888) 267-8070 to learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment options.
Treatment for mental health and addictive disorders is now more pertinent than ever.
According to the recently published Global Burden of Disease Study, alcoholism, addiction and other mental health and substance abuse disorders are the number one cause of non-fatal illnesses in the world. This means that addiction and mental health cause more illness than even diabetes, cancer or HIV/AIDS.
The study’s co-leader, Louisa Degenhardt asserted that the findings “clearly show that illicit drug use is an important contributor to the global disease burden, and we now have the first global picture of this cause of health loss.” And the study was indeed global, as it looked at 187 countries and 20 mental health and substance abuse disorders and their overall impact on public health. They found that mental health and addictive disorders were responsible for nearly 23 percent of the entire disease burden worldwide – with the worst affected countries being the US and UK.
The study also showed that heroin caused the greatest health burden of all illegal drugs – as more than two-thirds of those who were dependent on drugs were young men aged 20 to 29 with 70 percent dependent on opioids and cocaine.
Another leader of the study, Harvey Whiteford, gave insight that, “Despite the personal and economic costs, treatment rates for people with mental and substance use disorders are low, and even in developed countries, treatment is typically provided many years after the disorder begins.”
This is very much in line with what we see here at Synergy Group Services. Many of our clients come in for heroin addiction treatment or dual diagnosis treatment after having lived through several years of active addiction. Although we wish interventions had occurred sooner, we are able to successfully treat mental health and substance abuse disorders to help addicts remain clean and sober – no matter how far down the scale they have gone. We hope we are doing our part to reduce the disease burden in our corner of the globe – at our Florida drug rehab and dual diagnosis treatment center.