Every Day is a Great Day in Sober Living, Recovery, & Health with Gratitude.

What happens when you make gratitude a daily practice?

Tony Robbins, has defined our brains as "question-answering machines."

Psychologists estimate that your thoughts create 70,000 questions a day.  You can either answer these questions with a positive or negative response.  

Self-doubt and irrational thinking attempt to sabotage your recovery attempts.

These thoughts are perceived as questions. Gratitude is powerful in early recovery because you can quickly dismiss any negative thoughts by reflecting on all that is going right in your life today.  

Psychological research has determined giving thanks and expressing gratitude on a daily basis will improve your sense of well being. And let’s face it, you’ve most likely have asked yourself, “Why am I bothering with staying sober?”

I get it.

Early recovery is difficult, especially when you approach it with a negative attitude.

It’s stressful at times. Retraining your brain to function without drugs and alcohol is confusing, frustrating, and confusing.

But you know what? It’s worth it.  

You can beat these self-defeating thoughts simply with a mindset change and shift of focus to gratitude. In early recovery, there is so much to be thankful for. You should never be short of a person, gesture, event, or situation to be grateful. If you are at a loss, you can always be thankful that you are going to bed sober.
And have the motivation to start the next day without the need to worry about a wake, an excuse to sneak away to your drink or drug with, and all of the unnecessary fears addiction created in your mind.

The beauty of gratitude is that it helps you see the positive in any situation. Gratitude has the power to eradicate the irrational self-doubt. Learning a daily practice for gratitude will transform the old ceaseless buzzing of negative self-talk into more useful thoughts of centered on positivity. You can learn to turn the thought around with thankfulness, happiness, and looking for the answer that focuses on the best possible outcome in any situation.

Gratitude defeats negative self-talk

If you give sober living the power to be stressful, it will be stressful.
Factors such as denial can cause you to believe sober living is a constant reminder of the destruction addiction has created in your life or forced you to live and commune with the others whose substance use disorder is worse than yours.  

Irrational thoughts can lead to the question, “Why am I living here?”
The reality is that your thinking is aiming to create doubt in your decision, cause you to isolate, feel sorry for yourself, and disconnect. Disconnecting results in the isolation which will inevitably lead to a relapse.

Focusing upon gratitude will help you answer these questions positively. When you practice gratitude daily, you’ll stop questioning your choice to reside in sober living. Instead, you’ll be thankful that you do.

Gratitude answers the questions used as examples earlier:

1.  Why would I choose to live in a sober living home if it reminds me of my past?

When you practice gratitude you feel thankful that the sober living home is available for you to plan your personal path for recovery.  You’re grateful to learn how to live without alcohol and drugs safely. You feel you can develop coping strategies and skills without the lure of drugs or alcohol being easily attained.

2.  Why am I here-my addiction isn't as bad as others living here?

Today, I’m grateful I chose to stop using before my addiction spiraled further downward. I was en route to complete physical, financial, and social ruin, but now with the help and support of the men I live with I can learn how to focus on learning how to live and commune with others in recovery.

Besides freedom from negative self-talk

Gratitude has positive outcomes for physical, mental, and psychological health

Dr. Robert A. Emmons writes of his groundbreaking research on Gratitude-

“Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health and satisfaction with life of any personality trait---more so than even optimism, hope, or compassion.”

When you are practicing gratitude in your recovery your livelihood will improve.

Dozens of research studies have concluded that practicing gratitude daily will

  • Increase your feelings of liveliness, vitality, and vigor

  • Drive you toward achieving personal goals

  • Handle stressful situations appropriately

  • Intensify feelings of self-worth and confidence

  • Forge and create concrete healthy relationships

  • Experience more feelings of hope, optimism, grace, joy, enthusiasm, and happiness

  • Sleep restfully

  • Work out 33% more consistently

  • Greater a greater sense of purpose

  • Enjoy positive and pleasurable experiences more deeply

  • Feel fewer aches and pains

  • Enjoy taking care of your physical health

Practice gratitude daily and transform your life in recovery

Instead of spending time worrying, complaining, and focussing on adverse outcomes turn to gratitude. Several ways you can do this is by taking out a journal or opening an app in your smartphone and start a list of what you are grateful for today.  Start taking time out of your day to contemplate all that you are thankful for.

You have the power to reprogram your thinking. You need to be mindful of how your past negative self-talk, doubt, fear, and worry have led to dangerous situations. Instead, learn to focus on all that is good in your life, the new relationships forged in sober living, and the feelings of a happy life in recovery have bestowed upon you.

When you cultivate daily feelings of gratitude, you create feelings of happiness and abundance. You’ll create the life in recovery you deserve.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, this holiday season, is interested in sober living in Connecticut, or recovery coaching in New York City and Connecticut - contact us today for help.

John MakohenGratitude, Virtue