Amidst Addiction & Recovery: An Attitude of Gratitude

On this Thanksgiving, when I happen to be facing a lot of change and uncertainty, I remain certain of one thing:  My recovery will always be at the top of my gratitude list, as it is the most precious gift I’ve ever received.  I am so grateful to God for this life that I have now – it is full of blessings! 

The continued love and support of my family is also on this year’s list, as well as the unconditional love of my extended “recovery” family.  Lastly, I am especially grateful for my two incredible grandchildren and the tremendous joy they have brought to my life. 

During difficult times, cultivating an attitude of gratitude can be a real challenge, but it has always worked for me.  It reminds me of the many blessings I have and takes the focus off of what may be missing.  For families impacted by addiction, including mine, the holiday season can be especially painful.  In addition to the stress of active addiction, there may be loved ones no longer with us, and we miss them deeply.  

And it sure isn’t easy for parents and caregivers who are full of concern about a child’s drug or alcohol problem or addiction. As Annette points out, these feelings are numerous and intense:  fear, anger, guilt, panic, sadness, confusion, disbelief and more.

I hope somewhere in the throes of all those emotions, you are able to discover your own attitude of gratitude. Feel like sharing? Let us know —  big or small — what are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving?

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    Daniel Callahan

    December 7, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    What a great Blog, thank you…

    I was a teen alcoholic/addict. It took prison and more to open my eyes to the world of recovery. But I am happy to say that now 30 years after my initial treatment I am clean and sober over 20 years!

    Never give up, never, ever, ever give up!

    Dan Callahan, MSW

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    December 4, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Thanks for the post.
    I took the time and went to a Gratitude Meeting at 10 am on Thanksgiving day. AA, NA, and guest all got the chance to stand up and say what they were grateful for. Plenty of laughs and good tears for all.
    Mostly I am grateful to sobriety…becuase I now know what choices are all about.

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