5 Things To Be Grateful For In Recovery

When you get sober, you learn that there are certain tools and practices that will help to keep you sober. Go to meetings. Get a sponsor. Join a group. Get phone numbers and ask for help. Besides these basics, there are certain other practices that can make a big difference in attaining a contented sobriety. One of the most effective tools in your recovery toolbox is the practice of gratitude.

Gratitude is sincere appreciation for something that you have received. When you are feeling out of sorts, taking the time to sit down and make a list of
everything you are grateful for can be very centering.

Things To Be Grateful For In Recovery

If you are going through a difficult time, you may feel like you don’t have much to be grateful for. Here are five things that might trigger feelings of gratitude:

1. Health

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Are you in mostly good health? Do you have the ability to see and hear and walk? These are not small gifts, and for every day that you enjoy good health, express appreciation. If you are living with some kind of major illness or disability, chances are there are still aspects of your health that are worth mentioning. Having the ability to communicate with others is an aspect of health we may take for granted, but it’s a great gift that enables you to recover.

2. Family Or Friends

Experiencing feelings of love and concern from others is a great gift. You don’t have to have a large family or an enormous circle of friends. Having just one friend is a great blessing. If you genuinely believe you have no friends and that no one loves you, can you think back in your life to a time when one person loved you? Did you experience unconditional love from a parent or grandparent? Did you ever have a best friend? If your relationships with other people have almost always brought disappointment, have you experienced the unconditional love of a pet? Gratitude for love and friendship doesn’t have to be only about feeling loved. Have you ever felt unconditional love for someone else? What a beautiful gift.

3. Education And Technology

If you have been offered the opportunity of learning to read and write, that alone is something to be thankful for. If you can read, you can learn. We also benefit from contributions made by others, such as advances in technology. How blessed we are to be able to read and to be able to access the Internet and learn from people thousands of miles away. How blessed we are to have the technology that allows us to communicate with others by picking up a phone.

4. Things You Have Been Spared

Some people stubbornly insist that they have nothing to be grateful for and that life has offered them nothing but disappointment and hurt. If you feel that way, you still have something to be grateful for and it’s that there are things you have been spared from experiencing. Do you have a home that hasn’t burned down or been blown away by a tornado? Have you been spared from being homeless? Have you sold drugs and not been arrested? Have you driven drunk and not been in an accident where you hit an innocent person? In getting sober, have you been spared the slow death of cirrhosis of the liver or other alcohol or drug-related illnesses?

5. Recovery

Recovery itself is a huge gift that deserves gratitude, and it’s a gift that not everyone receives. A hundred years ago, alcoholics had few if any opportunities to recover. Becoming addicted to alcohol was almost certain to lead to insanity or death. Today, if you don’t take advantage of the blessing of recovery, you will still most likely end up institutionalized or dead. The opportunity to learn how to live life sober is a great gift and should be on the very top of your gratitude list.

The habit of gratitude is a powerful tool in sobriety. Making a gratitude list will help to remind you how blessed you really are. A grateful drunk won’t drink.

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