Written by Valiant Living Recovery on Friday, September 4th, 2020
The only thing you have to change in recovery is everything. All the changes that you will have to make will create growing pains and uncertainty, making you wonder if you are doing the right thing. If you are staying sober, you are making the right choice.
Seeing how your recovery will pan out for the better takes time because clearing the wreckage of the past can be extensive, depending on the depth of your consequences. During this uncertain time, gratitude may be the furthest thing from your mind, but it should be the most prevalent thing for you to practice to get you through.
You may believe that recovery is limiting, but true recovery is just the opposite. You will have to eliminate things out of your life for the betterment of your recovery. The results you get from taking the suggestions given will provide more freedom than you could have imagined.
Drugs and alcohol kept your thoughts, feelings, emotions, hopes, and dreams hostage by telling you that you were not good enough. Recovery measures will give you the ability to see your worth and give you the confidence to become liberated through sobriety.
Once you start heading down the path of recovery, your fogginess will eventually dissipate so you can see where you are going. Each day at a time serves a purpose to show you what you are sober for and why you should keep going. Joy is instrumental in deepening the aspects that first got you sober. Your spiritual life and personal life will thrive, giving you the motivation to keep you going in your recovery.
You also may realize that you do have something to offer to others in recovery because you are staying sober. Hopefully, this realization will spark motivation for you to express the experience, strength, and hope of your story whenever needed to carry the message.
Although you believed that you only needed to stop using and drinking, you will conclude that there is much more to recovery than just abstinence. Implementing new behaviors and positive ideals will allow you to transform right before your very eyes.
What you thought was the impossible can be achieved by altering your addiction with therapy and the 12-Step program. These changes with practice will become second nature to you and make you satisfied with all that you are accomplishing with recovery.
Now that people see you recovering from drugs and alcohol, they can see that addiction can be closer than maybe they envisioned. Generally speaking, most people associate addiction recovery as a low bottom experience. Once they can see the beauty of what recovery is all about, most are shocked and pleased with the evolution from addiction to recovery.
Being inspired by what they see, they will then, in return, root for you and others coming out of the darkness and staying in the light. Helping to educate about the positivity in recovery can help you own your recovery to know that you are making the best decision for a lifetime to stay sober.
You should be proud of all that you have overcome in your addiction. Getting sober takes courage, dedication, and being able to rise to the occasion when needed. The obsession from your addiction is cunning, baffling, and powerful, and you were ready to go to any lengths to not listen to that beast any longer.
Being hard on oneself is a common characteristic of someone with an addiction, so turning that around is important. Recognize the positive things you are doing to stay sober and then share with others to give them hope that they are doing the right thing. Celebrating your victories in sobriety is essential to keep pushing forward.
One of the most significant changes you will see is how you can pinpoint all the beautiful things that are happening for you while feeling grateful that you are experiencing the good life. When someone can use what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now to distinguish the progression of their recovery, they will understand why they are experiencing the satisfaction they are feeling.
This is not to be confused with pride and ego, but being sober is the best place for you to be in. Where you are and where you are heading allows you to see that you are in a really great spot. Knowing that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing will give you gratification to keep coming back. Adapting to an attitude of gratitude will serve you well. You will start to see all the positives that are happening for you in your recovery.
Becoming sober does not mean that everything will be rainbows and butterflies, but you will realize that the alternative in your recovery is not worth the pain you could experience. Learning to live with a grateful heart not only affects your daily life and you will start changing those around you because gratitude is contagious, and you could be the one to spread the love.
Valiant Living is more than just a rehabilitation center. We are a staff of caring individuals who want to show you a new way to live in your recovery. Recovery takes time and effort that our qualified staff is able to guide our clients through. We look at the whole person through their mental, physical, and spiritual aspects to understand the specific treatment that each client needs to be successful in their personal recovery. With the power of recovery, clients are restored to full health and experience life-changing healing. Call us today for more information at (303) 536-5463.