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.

1st Annual Gratitude Dinner & Open Speaker Meeting

We will be celebrating the miracles of recovery at our 1st Annual 

Gratitude Dinner

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti at the Elgin Alano Club

  on Saturday November 11th | Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Think about this – how do YOU cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude for:

  Yourself? Your family? Your recovery? Your fellowship? Your community?

Join us for an Open Speaker Meeting featuring a panel of Veterans in Recovery at 6:30 PM featuring:

   Rachel S. US Army Res.  |  Ken W.  US Army Ret.  |  Bryan T.  US Marine Corps

Bring a Dish or Dessert to Pass!

  Door Prize Give-A-Way!  |  No Admission Required  |  50/50 Raffle Drawing!                                            

“An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to  

  try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.” 12 & 12 – Step 10, pg. 95

The Soul Kitchen Retreat: Spring 2017

Hello friends!

The Soul Kitchen is holding our second spiritual retreat this spring. Just like last time, we are planning a weekend that we hope to be both laid back and intense…simultaneously. Trust me, it can be done. 😊 And while the majority of those in attendance will likely be part of a recovery fellowship, anyone seeking spiritual growth is welcome.

We are going to be looking at how calamity and painful experiences can color our spiritual journey, as well as how we can better understand them in the context of God’s love.

The retreat is held at Villa Desiderata, an amazing place, where it’s frankly quite hard NOT to have a spiritual experience of one kind or another.

Please come join us and see what God has in store. Feel free to add anyone to this event that you think would benefit. And don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Many blessings to you all!

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
~Rabindranath Tagore

Retreat Committee: Alex S, Ben C, Cheryl I, Joe N, Laurie-Faith G, Mae Y, Ryan K

Theme: “Weathering the Storm”

Cost: $140 (covers everything, including meals)
**Funds may be available for partial scholarships. If money is an issue, please let us know asap so we can accommodate. We do not want money to prevent anyone from joining us.

Mae Y
(630) 202-5243

Ryan K
(331) 222-2517

Women’s 12 Step Recovery Retreat

Women’s 12 Step Recovery Retreat 
“A Vision of You” – February 24th – 26th, 2017
Villa Desiderata Retreat Center, 3015 North Bayview Lane, McHenry, IL 60051

Cost: $130.oo Scholarships Available

Facilitator: Susan L. Questions or registration forms? Contact Sandy at 847-431-1895

We regret to inform you that we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions. Please bring any foods or snacks specific to your dietary needs. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. Friday night; retreat program starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday supper available. Check-Out 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Register prior to January 29th for a special bonus!

Christmas Day Open House

The Elgin Alano Club invites you to enjoy a

Christmas Day Open House

Sunday December 25th, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm   |   Food – Fellowship – Fun!

All are Welcome!

EAC will be open for friends and visitors on Christmas Day!  There will be food to share, the gift shop, plasma flat screen TV (football broadcasts) and members lounge are open, kids room activities (Disney & Wii) and lots more!  Bring a dish to pass, DVD or Board Game to share and stop in to make some new friends.

Our regular closed meeting will be in session at 6:30 pm in the main meeting room.

Elgin Alano Club – 73 S. Riverside Dr. Downtown Elgin – Laurie Faith 815-263-7658