There are days in recovery that be more difficult than others but with some hard work and some time recovery will give you so much to be thankful for. Recovery comes with so many amazing gifts, the longer you are clean and sober the better these gifts seem to get. When we are out there drinking and getting high life doesn’t have much to offer besides negativity, once you make the decision to get clean and sober and you put everything you have into it you will find that life can gift you with many beautiful things.
Some days when we are faced with life’s difficulties we may ask ourselves “Why am I even trying?” Stay strong through these moments because life has a lot to offer you when you are doing the right thing. There are so many things to be thankful for in recovery, some of them may seem a bit more obvious than the others. The gifts of addiction recovery come in many forms some more obvious than others.
When Will I Notice These Changes?
Some gifts of recovery come sooner than others, the most obvious one is the gift of life. If you are reading this then you are one of the lucky ones. Most addicts and alcoholics end up either in jail/prison or dead. Waking up, healthy with endless possibilities ahead of you is something special that should not be taken for granted. There were over 45,000 overdose-related deaths in 2018, for those of us who used drugs like heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, and prescription pills are very lucky to be alive today. We’re even more lucky to not be behind bars. Almost 50% of prisoners are in there for some type of drug-related offense, that’s around 3.6 million people. Be thankful that you are here today and able to live your life freely.
Being able to hold down a job is something many of us couldn’t have fathomed while we were out there using. Addicts and alcoholics are some of the hardest workers out there, just think of how much energy you used to feed your addiction, it’s a 24/7 job. Once you get a job in recovery you will be surprised how easy it is to keep that job. With continued hard work at both your job and your recovery, you will start noticing that money goes a lot further when you are not using.
Physical gifts of recovery are easier to notice than some of the other gifts of recovery. In early recovery, many addicts and alcoholics don’t have too many physical belongings. Some of us may have pawned or sold these items to help afford our addictions. In recovery, we are able to use our hard-earned money for things that we both need and want. Being able to go to the food store and fill up your fridge with the food of your choice is an amazing feeling. Treating yourself to a new pair of shoes or a new t-shirt is something that seems reasonable. now that you aren’t spending every last dollar on your addiction. Soon you will have your own car, and you will able to rent your own apartment or even buy your own house!
Beyond the Physical Gifts
Of course, there are, these are the best ones. You will feel a sense of freedom that you haven’t felt in a long time. Being able to wake up and do whatever you want is something special. No longer do you have to wake up dope sick wondering how you are going to get your fix that day. You never have to wake up in the middle of the night and grab a drink so your shakes don’t wake you up. Your days are no longer controlled by your addiction, you are able to do whatever you want without having to worry about how you are going to get by that day.
Many of us have left a path of destruction in our past, we have burnt a lot of bridges and hurt a lot of relationships. Through our recovery we will see a lot of those bridges be rebuilt, some may remain burned up but that is something out of our control. You will notice you are becoming a much more likable person, most good people don’t want to hang out with someone who is in the middle of a crippling addiction. You will build new friendships, friendships that are not built around drugs and alcohol. Loved ones that you hurt in the past will start to come back into your life. Being able to be together during the holidays is an amazing experience in recovery. Buying gifts for the ones you care about on their birthdays and being able to share that special day together is a special thing. Don’t take these things for granted, realize that everything you have in recovery is now a gift, a gift that many never get to receive.
How can I get myself or a loved one help?
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please reach out to our toll-free line today so you can experience the many gifts of recovery. A substance abuse specialist is always standing by ready to help you through this difficult time however they can. Calls are always free of charge and your conversation is completely confidential. Whether you are just in need of some advice or would like help locating a detox center near you, we are here to help.