New Year’s Resolutions: Making and Keeping Your Sobriety Goals

For people who are struggling with an addiction, the end of the year is a difficult time. There are potentially more temptations and triggers during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s than any other time of the year. Now that the indulgent holidays are wrapping up, people nationwide can focus on bettering themselves for 2018.

Approximately 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, viewing the new year as a fresh start.

Setting goals for the coming year can provide inspiration and encouragement for lifestyle improvements.

Although millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, more than half (60 percent) fail to actually keep them, according to research out of the University of Scranton. This failure rate may be due to unrealistic expectations, lack of discipline or a loss of motivation, among other things. If rehab is a potential New Year’s resolution for you, don’t let fear of the unknown or a lack of motivation hold you back. Many people make a goal to master ‘something’ in the new year, why not put yourself first and make Sobriety worth mastering!

By overcoming your addiction, you can make 2018 the best year yet. Through sobriety, this year you can:

  • Spend money on your future. That might mean investing in treatment, detox and/or therapy support. It might just mean taking the money that you would have spent on drugs or alcohol and putting it toward a better version of you.
  • Make decisions you are proud of. Promise yourself the mistakes of 2017 will stay in the past. Forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made and start living a life of integrity and honor. It’s never too late to start making better choices.
  • Face your demons. Whether it’s past trauma, depression, financial struggles or insecurity, everybody has something that plagues them. Instead of self-medicating, let 2018 be the year you get to know yourself well enough to know your demons—and then share your feelings with a trusted friend, family member or therapist.
  • Invest in your relationships. Friends and family can make the transition to sobriety easier by providing care and support. When you are sober, you can give the people in your life the time and attention they deserve. Maintaining relationships can be difficult, but the payoff is well worth it.
  • Find clarity and meaning. Without drugs or alcohol muddying your outlook, you can focus on the things in life that are important to you. Whether it’s taking up a hobby, learning a language or exploring your faith, there are so many things that can give your life fun and meaning. Make it a point this year to live intentionally.

For the best success in making New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to set specific, attainable goals. You can set up a schedule for the things you want to accomplish, and take it pieces at a time. Sobriety, success and happiness aren’t achieved overnight. Allow yourself breathing room, forgiveness and opportunities for change. Take that first step for YOU in 2018, make a call to a professional for help or attend a local 12-step meeting such as AA or NA to learn about living a program of sobriety from others Experience, Strength and Hope.

New Years 2018 – Alcathon Until the Dawn

Happy New Year 2018 Alcathon Until the Dawn… 


Doors Open @ 5:00 pm New Year’s Eve—Sunday Dec. 31st; and will remain open until 9:00 am on New Year’s Day.

Each Alcathon meeting time slot will start on the half-hour & are sponsored by a variety of Elgin area AA groups! Meetings will run continuously from 5:30 pm – 8:30 am – with a mini-break at Midnight.

** If your Group is interested in chairing a meeting session. please let us know – available time slots are filling up fast **

All are welcome—recovery community, friends, families, newcomers, etc. Come any time—for any length of time.


Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm – all of our Alcathon chair time slots are now filled!
  5:00pm *Doors Open*
  5:30pm Morning Serenity Group
  6:30pm Sunday Night BB Study
  7:30pm Sunday Night BB Study
  8:30pm Wednesday Night 12, 12, 12 and More Group (pending)
  9:30pm Faith, Hope & Serenity Group
 10:30pm Nite Cap Group
 11:30pm Fellowship of the Spirit Group
 12:30am District 22- Dan S.
  1:30am Sunday Night BB Study Group
  2:30am Spiritual Awakening NA meeting
  3:30am Nite Cap Group
  4:30am Friday Night Expository Study Group
  5:30am Nite Cap Group
  6:30am Boomers on Relationships
  7:30am Men’s Kitchen Table Group
  9:00am *Doors Closed*
This represents a very good cross-section of AA Groups throughout the District, and we even have an NA Group meeting, as well!

New Years Eve Alcathon – Luv’n it Up for 2017

Saturday December 31st, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold, Elgin, IL

5:30 pm – Doors Open for Fellowship

6:00 pm – Dinner is Served

7:00 pm – Speakers begin – hourly thru 11 pm

*** Please Bring a Dish to Pass ***

Babysitting Available – Hosted by the Women’s New Beginnings Group


New Years Eve Mega Bash!!!

New Years Eve – December 31st

Mega Co-Host event by the Elgin, Palatine, Rockford and WSB Committees!

Doors Open at 7:00 pm

Speaker at 8:00 pm – Rodrigo R. from Libertyville, IL

Dance to follow at 9:00 pm featuring DJ Benjamin from Chicago, IL

Alcathon Sessions to start upstairs at 10:00 pm until 1:00 am.

First Floor of the Elgin Alano Club at 5. N Union, Elgin, IL

Monster, Waters for sale – $5 suggested donation at door

Join us for Fun, Dancing, Fellowshipping and Ringing in 2014 in style!