As the holiday season winds down, many of us reflect on the gifts we’ve received this year. Those gifts may be physical, given to you under the Christmas tree, or they may be harder to put your finger on.
Gifts come in many forms; it could be a person, an event, or a realization–anything you’re grateful to have been given, whether by someone else or yourself. New Year’s is the perfect time to take stock of the past year's gifts and reflect on what blessings you’d like to give and receive in the coming year.
Perhaps you’ve already started your recovery, or you’re just beginning to contemplate it. As the calendar flips to the next page, take a moment to consider why recovery is essential to you and why you want to pursue it moving forward.
Recovery is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give yourself and your loved ones. Read on to deepen your understanding of how healing can change your life for the better and have a positive impact on the people around you.
Many people with substance use disorder (SUD) experience conflict with their loved ones due to addiction. You may have refused their help or distanced yourself from them when they didn’t condone your behavior. They may have disconnected from you as a way to protect themselves.
Recovery can bring you back together with estranged friends and family. You should reach out to your loved ones when you’re considering or starting recovery. You may be surprised at how eager they are to offer support.
Once you’re sober, you’ll be able to experience healthy relationships with far more success. Having the people you love in your life again is a significant reason many seek recovery.
Many things fall by the wayside when you have a SUD, including your passions and hobbies. You may have been an avid athlete, a painter, or a volunteer at a local charity. Addiction can interfere with your participation in your favorite activities.
Recovery can give you those passions back. Once you loosen the shackles of your SUD, you may find joy in diving back into your hobbies. Activities that involve self-expression can be incredibly therapeutic throughout your recovery, too.
You may have found that your performance or attendance at work has suffered during your addiction. You may even have lost your job. A career can bring meaning to your life, and losing that can be painful.
If you choose to enter recovery, you’ll be on the path to getting your career back on track. It may take time and forgiveness, but it’s possible to regain your skills and start working towards your career goals.
You may even find that the experiences you’ve had enrich your performance at work and your perspective.
Addiction can be dangerous for your physical, mental, and emotional health. The consequences of an untreated SUD include:
Entering recovery is an act of self-preservation. Your health will improve, and you’ll find more mental clarity, emotional stability, and energy. You’ll be able to take better care of yourself by eating well, exercising, and practicing regular self-care.
One of the most profound losses of addiction is the loss of yourself. You may feel disconnected from your identity and who you always thought yourself to be.
Recovery often feels like coming home to yourself. As you regain your health, relationships, and passions, you will become reacquainted with who you are and what you want out of sobriety. Your experiences may have changed you, but you’ll rediscover the core of your being once more.
Recovery can bring both turmoil and positivity. It’s by no means an easy journey, but always a worthwhile one. As you continue this process, you’ll face many challenges and gifts that recovery brings. Staying focused on the advantages can help you push forward.
Hope is vital to the healing process. You may get your first glimpse of it before you start recovery—a positive future awaits you. As you progress through your rehab, you’ll grow more confident and optimistic about what you can achieve in your sobriety.
Compassion is essential to offer yourself as you move through the challenging recovery process. You’ll learn to accept what you’ve been through and how to forgive yourself for it. There will be ups and downs, and you’ll need to be gentle with yourself when you make mistakes.
Not only will you learn to extend compassion to yourself, but you’ll also notice yourself doing the same for others. Going through a challenging experience can make you more understanding when other people are struggling.
You’ll have many people around you to hold you accountable during recovery. Your support group, doctors, therapists, and loved ones will be there for you. But you’ll also learn to hold yourself responsible throughout the experience.
Accountability will help you stay on track throughout recovery and for the rest of your life. It’s helpful to maintain sobriety and in many other areas of your life.
You’ll develop a deep well of gratitude during your time in recovery. You’ll be thankful for everyone who has supported and stayed patient with you. You may even become grateful for the experience itself.
Cultivating gratitude is a great way to stay in tune with why you’re recovering, even once you’ve left your treatment program. It reminds you why you want to be sober and keeps you grounded.
After leaving recovery, many people feel inspired to support others going through a similar experience. It can be personally healing to volunteer your time in the community or to act as a listening ear.
One of the greatest gifts that recovery can offer you is perspective. The experience of going through and recovering from addiction will give you the perspective that keeps you grounded for the rest of your life. You may find yourself content with a more simple life in your sobriety, or decide to pursue your loftiest ambitions.
Ready to receive all the beautiful gifts that recovery gives you? There’s no time like the present to start your healing journey. Jackson House Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center is always here whenever you’re ready.
Reach out today to get started—the gift of recovery awaits.