There is no better time than Thanksgiving to acknowledge all there is to be grateful for in recovery. So much time and effort have been put forward to achieve this goal and although things are likely not perfect, there is still so much to be thankful for. For those in recovery, the holiday season can be a challenging time, but it also presents a unique opportunity to recognize all there is to be thankful for in this beautiful life. Here is a list of reasons to be thankful for in recovery this holiday season:
When you have a close relationship with your family members, these are often the strongest bonds in your life. During active addiction, these relationships can grow strained. Recovery presents the opportunity for these relationships to be repaired and strengthened. Your spouse, parents, children, or siblings can be your aides in recovery- keeping you strong and determined for success.
Family plays a critical role in recovery. Family relationships define who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Although these relationships can be stressful at times, they are still something to be thankful for. It is easy to be thankful for the family members that support and uplift us, and for those who we do not have a close relationship with, there is still strength to be found in working through them.
Healthy friendships are extremely valuable in a life of recovery. This includes friendships formed in recovery and those strained during addiction. Certain friendships may have even influenced you to get the help you needed to achieve recovery.
Friends made in a recovery setting are often times our biggest supporters. They understand what you’ve gone through first-hand and can offer up the best advice to get you through rough times. The friends who have helped you get to where you are and the ones who stand by you in recovery are a gift, and something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Having a Clear Mind
Addiction causes physical changes within the brain that leads to destructive behavioral changes. It clouds your mind, leads to harmful decisions, and alters the structure of your mind. This makes your life revolve around your addiction, disregarding anything else that was once so important in your life.
The good news is that with adequate treatment, you have the ability to rewire your brain to make a positive change. Sobriety gives you a new clear mindset that was once lost in addiction. You are able to be mindful of yourself and those around you. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with a clear expression of gratitude?
The Opportunity to Make Amends
Reconciling and making amends can seem like a daunting task. But, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go around apologizing to every person you know. However, recovery has given you the opportunity to make amends with those who have been indirectly affected by your addiction.
When you are sober, you have a new clear mind and understanding. This allows you to recognize what you have done wrong and how your actions have impacted those around you. Working on yourself in recovery is important, and making amends with those closest to you is something to be grateful for.
Your Personal Accomplishments
Recovery is a time of self-discovery and accomplishments. Any accomplishment, big or small, is one to be celebrated. It’s a learning process, where you learn as you go and take it one day at a time. Setting goals for yourself is a way to stay motived in recovery.
Goals can be personal, career-driven, fitness-based, or anything else you would like to accomplish. No matter what goals you set, you are accomplishing them for no one else but yourself. The journey that you take to accomplish these goals, and of course finding success, is something to be thankful for.
Even if your addiction has taken its toll on your health, you can still be thankful that you are alive and breathing. You may have suffered from an acute or chronic illness that resulted in your addiction in the first place. In recovery, you may still experience uncomfortable symptoms. It’s important to manage your pain in a way that won’t jeopardize your health or recovery.
Although your health may not be perfect, and you may experience physical or mental health issues from time to time, you have survived addiction, and that is something to be thankful for. Surviving addiction also gives you the opportunity to improve your health over time. There may be challenges ahead, but there are also good days that we can be grateful for.
One of the most significant things you can be thankful for this year is your sobriety. After all, without it, you wouldn’t be where you are today. Regardless if you are newly sober or have years under your belt, sobriety is something to give thanks for.
Every minute you are sober is another minute to be grateful for. Sobriety provides hope for a better future and positive change. Everything from the challenges to the peacefulness in recovery is a moment to value and give thanks for.
Celebrating Thanksgiving in Recovery
This Thanksgiving, take a moment to express your gratitude for the positive around you. Consider all there is to be thankful for in recovery and recognize everything that helped you get to where you are.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or recovery, contact us today to make a positive change this holiday season.