With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to be thankful for your recovery. Whether you have just started the journey or you are years into addiction recovery, you have many things to celebrate right now:
- Your courage: It takes a lot of bravery to say, “I need help” and to start changing your life. You have made the choice to live life on your terms and to create a whole new life for yourself. That deserves celebration!
- Your strength: Facing every day in recovery takes inner power and strength, and you have demonstrated that on your journey.
- The time you have spent in recovery: Every minute, hour and day you spend in recovery is time you have reclaimed for your future. Time is a precious resource, and you have been making the most of yours.
- Your counselors, doctors, and other professionals: Your team has helped you with encouragement, tough love, medical advice and treatment options. These unsung heroes work tirelessly to help others, and they are in your life because they can see you’re deserving of care.
- Your loved ones: Friends and family who have stuck by you show you unconditional love and are a key part of your support system.
- Your body: Your body is an amazing resource which is healing itself every day on your recovery. It is growing new cells and transforming you from the inside out.
- Your spirit: Whether you want to call it your heart, mind or spirit, something inside of you has allowed you to stick with it and to commit yourself to recovery. Maybe you have tapped into emotions or creativity which have helped you heal. It is an incredible gift within you.
- Fate: You have been fortunate to get this far, whether you are just starting or have been in recovery for many months. Regardless of what has happened, you are here and present and ready for the next chapter of your life.
- The world around you: The natural world around you, with all its people, green spaces, magnificent cities and more, is just waiting for you to explore. Every day, the world unfolds before you and gives you more opportunities and more motivation to stay in recovery.
- Researchers and advocates: You may never meet them, but the researchers who have studied treatments and developed new options have allowed you choice on your path. Advocates have fought hard to destigmatize recovery and illness so individuals can ask for help without fearing social judgment and loss.
- Others on the journey: Others who share the path with you provide support, and those who started before you have paved the way. They show you what is possible. Many have shared their stories and ideas so you have advice, words of wisdom and inspiration when you need it.
Right now, take the time to think about what you have to be grateful for and allow yourself to appreciate the hard work you have done already in your journey. If you’d like help with your recovery, contact AppleGate Recovery to learn how we can help you with your recovery. With us, there is no wait time so you can begin right away.
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