If there is one thing that is true about people who are hooked on powerful drugs like opioid painkillers it’s that addiction is isolating. It’s so hard to feel thankful when you are alone and scared and not sure how to possibly get help. You may not even believe there is real help to be found.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center would like to take the opportunity to share the the importance of embracing gratitude in recovery. By embracing a practice of gratitude, someone who is addicted to opioids and struggling with recovery need to seek a place wherein it is possible to forgive themselves and accept help.
1 Accept and be grateful for your ability to relinquish control.
Is this easy? Hardly, Accepting that much of our lives is out of our control is almost impossible to conceive. Yet, in recovery, it’s important to let go and be thankful for each day on the road to a better quality of life.
2 Focus on what you have and cast aside thoughts of what you don’t.
It’s easy to get caught up in what you may lose when you embrace sobriety. There is comfort in the familiar. This is even true of opioid addiction, however deadly. As someone begins to let go of their addiction, it’s important to focus on what can be — the wonderful, weird and unpredictable stuff that life has to offer.
3 When Life Gives You Lemons…
It’s easy to feel outraged when you feel you’ve been dealt a sour hand. And, it’s not always easy to make lemonade as the cliche suggests.
However, the sooner the feelings of shame and fear are pushed aside to make room for gratitude about what’s on the horizon, the faster an opioid addict can see life as hopeful instead of helpless.
Be thankful for family and friends. Be thankful you are alive. Take the time to focus on the possibilities not the improbabilities
We wish you peace this holiday season and beyond. And, we hope you will be kind to yourself and give recovery real chance. We would love to be part of your solution. If you or a loved one is addicted to opioids, there is hope and help. Contact us at 631-588-4888.