As 2015 winds down, people around the world are setting their sights on 2016. It is that time that traditionally we set goals and intentions for the upcoming year. Yet many of us have been taught, as members of recovery communities, that God’s will is a one day at a time practice. We learn to let go of expectations and to take the day as it comes. I have sat in meetings on January 1 where people talked about the relief of not setting goals or making resolutions. The goal is to be grateful for what we have and have it be enough.
Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the blues can be remedied by planning ahead.
The idea that gratitude is not just a sentiment but a spiritual principle is central to New Thought teachings (and many other faith traditions as well). While we are in no way claiming that gratitude plays a lesser role in 12-step philosophy, emphasis on it is perhaps not quite as obvious.
With that in mind, we are please to bring you a wonderful article from SpiritualRiver.com on the importance of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!
I remember clearly and will never forget the golden moment when I revealed my truth. Out through the locked up and suppressed little voice hidden deep down within, I allowed myself to say, “I always feel as if I need to give people what they want.” It was almost as if lighting struck and the clouds parted at the same time.
Spirituality in addiction recovery can be a stumbling block for many. As there are myriad ways of “getting at” the spirituality of all things, it can be challenging especially when people have a passionate, particular religious bias or entirely repulsed by religion, period. Not so coincidentally, both of these perspectives and everything in between show up in addiction treatment regularly.
The question I am most often asked on here is this: how did you do it? How did you get sober? It seems like such a simple question, but the answer is complex. For some people struggling for years with addiction, I’m sure loved ones and significant others are always asking the question, “why now?” in terms of getting sober.
I had always struggled with vices. Binge drinking, daily cannabis use and chain-smoking were central parts of my life for well over a decade. Starting in my late teens and recovering in my early thirties meant my twenties took the greatest hit.
I had no idea that by experimenting with wine coolers at thirteen, I would completely alter the course of my life. By the blossoming age of twenty-one, I was barely alive from years of use and abuse . . .
After years of dealing with circumstantial traumas such as eating disorders, death, abuse, cancer, prison, and using my body to get what I want, I was ready to give up.