We know the recovery journey can be difficult. And like any journey through life, there are ups and downs. However, there are plenty of things to be grateful for during recovery. Here are four things to remember to be grateful for during your addiction recovery.
You have people who support you
The life of an addict can be a lonely one. Oftentimes individuals pull away from family and friends because of their actions. And oftentimes family and friends can pull away from the those struggling with addiction as a way to protect themselves. However, during addiction recovery, you are surrounded by people that are routing for you and your health.
In addiction recovery you are able to rely on your counselor, therapist, doctor, or sponsor. You are also surrounded by others who understand the fight and journey you are going through, and want you to succeed. Everyone involved in addiction recovery programs are there to listen and support you.
You are currently sober
Getting sober is not easy. It takes time and a commitment, awareness and courage, and a lot of honesty. Don’t underestimate this achievement. No matter how long you have been currently sober, it’s an achievement that had a lot of challenges to reach. The fact that you have reached sobriety means that you have the mental and emotional resources to draw from. When you’re sober, you are in control of your choices, even if they aren’t always easy.
The hardest part is behind you
There are ups and downs in every walk of life, but especially during addiction recovery. However, recovery can become easier as you go. While improvement may be slow at first, it does tend to get easier the longer you stay sober. The first few months are the hardest, then a year passes, and then before you know it, you’ve been sober five, ten, twenty years. The longer you are sober, the better your life can become, and the lower your risk of relapse becomes.
You have an opportunity most don’t
Addiction can ruin your life in many ways. It’s not a black and white situation. Everyone would choose the easy path in life, and all of those in addiction recovery would have preferred not to have become addicted. However, the recovery journey is an opportunity for growth. Many people struggle in life and don’t know how to fix what they are feeling. They don’t have a crisis that makes them examine their lives, and evaluate what they can change and fix to gain a better, happier life. They also lack the support of a team of professionals dedicated to helping them uncover what makes them happy and unhappy, and provide them with the tools to make the best of their new life.
The most important thing is to remember to stay positive and to always remember the progress you have made.
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Written by: Nicole Weisbrich