An Attitude of Gratitude During Recovery Month


Recovery Month ends in less than one week, and we hope that you have taken time to acknowledge the progress you’ve made since you began the journey. It’s easy to lose sight of the things you have to be grateful for in recovery. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. 


Addiction recovery – no matter the length of sobriety or clean time – is a remarkable achievement. It’s hard to forget how challenging life was before beginning the journey of recovery. Even tasks that seem insignificant today, like paying bills on time, were likely difficult before you found recovery. Showing up to work on time or at all was probably arduous too. Today in recovery, you probably don’t have to worry about such things. 


Working a program with a sponsor or mentor gives men and women the tools to surmount any obstacle. Recovery gives people the keys to open doors to new opportunities—both personally and professionally. There is no limit to what can be accomplished if one stays on course. 


Not only do you have the chance to help yourself by working a program, but you also get to help others realize their own aspirations. Recovery, simply put, is the gift that keeps on giving. 


In early recovery, it’s challenging to believe that you will one day have the sense of freedom you see your fellows exhibiting. Thinking that you will, at some point, have all your affairs in order may seem like a miracle. However, what once seemed like far-etched dreams will unfold in front of you the longer you stick around. 


Those who stay on the path of recovery improve with each passing day—mentally, physically, and spiritually. They “comprehend the word serenity, and we will know peace.” 


Stay the Course of Recovery


If this is your first National Recovery Month, then you may be piecing your life back together still. You may not have experienced most of the promises of recovery that you hear about time and again at meetings. However, there is still much to be grateful for in your life today. Acknowledge the changes in your life today, and be proud of all your accomplishments. 


Staying sober from sunup to sundown for another day is worth appreciating. It was probably not long ago that such a milestone was unthinkable. It’s an excellent practice to write down all that you have to be grateful for at the end of each day. Refer to your list the following morning; the procedure will enable you to go through the day with an attitude of gratitude. You will feel more positive and be less bothered by aspects of your life that you would hope to be different. 


A positive attitude makes staying the course of recovery that much easier. With each passing day, you will see subtle changes happening before your eyes. In time, small changes will add to up to more significant alterations. 


Working the Steps is a formula for living a fulfilling and productive life. Working a program keeps you on track to seeing anything you put your mind to come to fruition. Such goals can include paying off debt, finishing school, or landing employment that you enjoy waking up in the morning for each day. 


No matter the obstacle, you will be able to navigate through the problem. Gone are the days of feeling like you need drugs and alcohol to cope. When people ask for your assistance, you will be able to be there for them. It feels good to know you are a reliable person who people can turn to for support. Recovery teaches you how to handle any situation—big or small. 


Before Recovery Month comes to an end, take stock of where you are today because of your program. Doing so will help you set your sights on achieving future goals. 


California Addiction Recovery Program for Adults


Hemet Valley Recovery Center is a Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Hospital (CDRH) located in Central California. Our CDRH license allows us to provide programs and specialty services all in one facility. Our patients have access to Hospital level diagnostic services and physician specialists. Take the first step toward a life in recovery by contacting us today at 866-273-0868 for a confidential assessment.