Gratitude in Recovery

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For many, going to rehab indicates a low point in their life. As a result, their life is filled mainly with negativity and self-loathing. 

Gratitude is one of the many values taught in recovery. Gratitude teaches us to see the good in life and others. While learning gratitude is an important part of addiction recovery, remaining grateful in recovery is equally as important. 

Expressing Gratitude in Recovery

Gratitude in recovery is more than just learning the principles, you also have to actively practice gratitude in order for it to truly work. Expressing gratitude fosters a mindset of positivity that is not only good for our mental health but can actually have some benefits for our physical health too. 

By focusing on the good in life and in others we keep a positive frame of mind. This, in turn, allows us to focus on the good we are doing in recovery and keeps the negative thoughts and negative emotions out of our minds that can lead to relapse. 

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How to Remain Grateful in Recovery

Finding the good in ourselves, in others, and in life can be difficult early on in the recovery process. Given the events that led us to rehab, we might not think there is much to be grateful for. However, even early on in the recovery process, there is plenty to be grateful for, you just might have to go digging a little deeper to find it. 

Once you have learned to be grateful again, remaining grateful can become part of your daily life with the right attitude and mindset. The biggest thing you can do daily to remain grateful is instead of thinking about all the bad that came along with your substance use disorder, think of all the good you can do going forward with your new, sober life. 

There are even simple things you can do daily throughout Anaheim and the greater California area to remind yourself just how grateful you are in recovery, including:

  • Keeping a gratitude list or gratitude journal
  • Taking a moment each day to appreciate how far you have come in your recovery journey
  • Helping others
  • Practicing meditation and mindfulness
  • Joining a support group or community such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 

Why Gratitude Matters

Addiction comes with a lot of negative thoughts and actions. It is important to change that mindset early on in the addiction treatment process. This can be done with gratitude. Gratitude not only helps us mentally during the recovery process but it can also help us physically and spiritually. 

Gratitude is a crucial part of the recovery process for many reasons including:

  • It can boost our immune system
  • It can improve our overall mental health and well-being
  • It can help repair and improve relationships
  • It can help build a positive outlook for what lies ahead

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Remaining Grateful in Recovery in Anaheim, CA

Whether you are someone that is just starting out in substance abuse rehab or you have been in recovery from drug addiction for years, expressing gratitude on a daily basis is an important part of the process. Gratitude helps keep us in the proper mindset to work on our sobriety daily.If you or a loved one is ready to being their recovery journey, or experienced a relapse and is looking to get back on track, at Restorations Healthcare in Anaheim, CA we want to help. We are a drug and alcohol inpatient detox and residential treatment center serving Anaheim and the greater Southern California area. For more information on the treatment services we offer, call us at 877-578-0708.