Being thankful for your sobriety might be a part of your everyday life, but around the holidays it could become more prevalent. People stop to show gratitude for the good things they have in their lives on Thanksgiving and throughout the rest of the holiday season.
If you’re struggling with addiction and in recovery, you have much to be thankful for, starting with the fact that you’re alive and sober. There are far too many cases of people who haven’t been as lucky and have succumbed to their addiction to alcohol or drugs. You didn’t become a heartbreaking statistic and that is something to be truly grateful for.
You’re also lucky that you have been able to seek treatment and have been sober thus far. Many people are afraid to get help, either because they don’t want to admit they have a problem or they don’t know where to turn. If you're able to reach out to someone who may be struggling, tell them your story. It may help them see that getting help is an option and that people can recover from even the darkest periods of their lives.
Your health is another reason to be thankful. If you were able to get sober without having any lasting effects of drugs or alcohol on your body, consider yourself fortunate. Be thankful for your health – both mental and physical – by taking care of yourself by eating nutritious foods, exercising, getting enough sleep and learning healthy ways to cope with stress.
If you have a support system of family and friends, consider it another blessing. In the past you may have hurt them but if they’ve stuck around to help you get back on track and become the person you used to be, show them how thankful you are. The holidays are a time to create memories. Spend time with family and friends so that in the future you can look back on good times with them that didn’t involve alcohol or drugs.
You’ve probably made new friends during your recovery. They may have helped support you in the process because they are the most likely to understand what you went through and the struggles you will still have to face as you stay sober. Be the type of friend who also offers support. Tell them you’re thankful for their friendship and that you’ll be there for them if they need it.
Recovery is a learning process that may have triggered something inside you that made you want to be a better person all around. Having a second chance at life makes some people want to live more fully than they did before. Part of doing that is by experiencing and learning new things. If that was triggered inside of you, make an effort to take on new challenges and create new memories – something you’ll be thankful for later.
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