This holiday season, you have the opportunity to give yourself the greatest gift of all—the gift of recovery.
It’s not an easy thing to do. To accept this gift, you first have to be intentional. You have to be proactive in speaking to your loved ones about the struggles you’re having, and enlisting their help and support. You have to open yourself up and speak candidly about your need.
And that’s not even the hardest part. For many, the toughest part of recovery is coming to grips with the fact that you are worthy of love, respect, friendship, and compassion. It’s hard to be kind and patient with yourself—or to expect others to be likewise—without first acknowledging your goodness and merit as a person. Addiction makes that a challenge, but one you’ve got to tackle in order to move toward recovery.
For the vast majority of people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, embracing the gift of recovery means seeking professional, clinical care—first detox and then an ongoing care program. That’s where you’ll really need to lean on your loved ones, drawing from their strength and support as you make the transition to a treatment center.
And when you give yourself the gift of recovery, you’ll still have missteps, bad days, perhaps even relapses. That’s all natural—because recovery is hard. That’s when you’ve really got to be patient with yourself. Beating yourself up will only lead to greater stress and greater difficulty. Accepting recovery means accepting some setbacks and difficulties, and continuing to love yourself and press on in spite of it.
All of that’s just to say that giving yourself the gift of recovery is a big step—one that will require long-term commitment and follow-through—but ultimately, it’s a gift that no one else can give you.
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[bottom]Article posted on December 23, 2015