Seeking assistance to achieve sobriety can be challenging and a little scary. You have reached a point in your life where you know you need to make a change, but you are a little unsure how to proceed. You may be wondering do I need a plan for sobriety?

A plan for sobriety can be better described simply as setting goals and planning for your future life without substance use or with a plan for eventual successful moderation. After understanding why you’re making certain decisions regarding your substance use, you can begin relearning new productive behaviors and thought patterns to better prepare to be successful.

Some alcohol and drug programs insist that relapse is a normal and expected part of the “recovery” process, but don’t be so quick to add this to your future plan. Relapse is not normal and either is recovery. Recovery alludes to the fact that substance use is on-going and can’t be resolved, when that is quite the opposite.

The best plan for sobriety that you can personally make is to understand your choices and take responsibility for them going forward because there are infinite reasons for the choices we make. But underneath all of them is a consistent desire for greater happiness and life satisfaction. The Saint Jude Retreat’s Freedom Model philosophy states, “All humans always move in the direction they believe will make them happy at any given moment in time.” Whatever the situation and circumstances you have experienced; you have always been in control and have used free will to search for your own happiness.

Through the program’s unique process of Cognitive Behavior Education exercises, it is understand there are no causes for substance use, but rather, reasoning through free will, choice, and the desire for happiness that motivates the choice. It really is that simple to live a life without chronic drug and alcohol use.

Ultimately what predicts long-term success for participants of the Saint Jude Program is not the belief in the disease of addiction or powerlessness, but by embracing and accepting responsibility for their actions. They began to see themselves as capable of change and responsible for their future, and they set about pursing personal happiness. Their positive changes had nothing to do with ongoing support group meeting attending, claiming to be powerless or shielding themselves from stress. Rather, their success was based on a cognitive shift towards embracing their immense power of choice and their desire for long-term gratification over immediate short-term gratification. These were and continue to be the common denominators for success and remain the underpinnings of the education exercises in this program series, which can simply replace the need for a traditional “plan for sobriety.”