Giving Thanks In Recovery From Addiction
Brian Carberg ❘
Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for those in recovery, but there are things you can do to keep your mind focused on staying thankful in sobriety.
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Take the first step towards recovery
by Jeffrey Juergens | ❘
If you’re like many who’ve resolved to make big changes in the new year, you might be worried about whether you can bring them to fruition.
While staying on the course of a long-term objective can be challenging for plenty of people, a new year’s resolution often carries more weight for an individual recovering from addiction.
Many of the resolutions people in recovery make are centered around the overarching goal of staying sober. They often include:
However, fully overcoming your toxic past can’t be done by simply saying you’ll stay sober. It’ll require a solid commitment to bringing your substance-free vision to life. The choices you make will greatly determine how successful you’d be in achieving your goals, as well as your dedication and patience. But in the end, your efforts will be well worth it.
Whether you’re certain about your recovery goals or still unsure, the beauty in setting goals is that you get to be in control of the process. You’re in charge of whatever routes you choose to make your goal a reality.
Start with your overall goal – what you ultimately hope to achieve. Now, break it down into smaller sub-goals. This helps to make the big picture of your goal seem much more attainable. Continue to divide your subgoals as you see fit until you’re satisfied with the path you’ve outlined.
If you’re still not sure where to start, it may help to have the framework of S.M.A.R.T. in mind:
Ultimately, the secret sauce of your recovery goal success will be found in the small changes you make to your everyday routine. Making some minor, yet healthy and positive adjustments to your day-to-day will help your new, goal-oriented mindset feel much more natural.
Here are a few small suggestions:
Rather than spend an evening watching television, why not do some painting or write your thoughts down in a journal?
Open some windows to take in the fresh air, or rearrange your furniture to set a new beginning.
Try walking or running a few miles after work, sign up for a yoga class, or set some wellness appointments with your physician.
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You’d be amazed the type of impact that a small act, like paying for a stranger’s coffee, can have on your day.
Sometimes, the invite to your friends’ ping pong tournament or the vacation of a lifetime might be too good to pass up.
Remember, if you ever find yourself struggling with managing your daily responsibilities and activities because of substance use, you are not alone. There are people who care deeply about you and wish nothing but the best for you. Oftentimes, the best option for getting your life back in shape is by going back to rehab.
You are never too old to reinvent yourself.
When you’re ready, treatment providers can help. Discover available options in substance abuse rehabilitation by contacting a treatment provider.
Jeffrey Juergens earned his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Jeffrey’s desire to help others led him to focus on economic and social development and policy making. After graduation, he decided to pursue his passion of writing and editing. Jeffrey’s mission is to educate and inform the public on addiction issues and help those in need of treatment find the best option for them.
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