Gratitude Helps Overcome Even the Toughest Situations

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Gratitude Helps Overcome Even the Toughest Situations

It doesn’t take long in the process of recovery before you begin to hear much talk about gratitude. Developing an attitude of gratitude in the face of even the most difficult situations is a keystone of relapse prevention. It is not a skill that comes easily or naturally, but it is a skill that can be practiced and developed.

In order for recovery to move forward into a new way of life, people who suffer from addiction learn to address the negative thinking patterns and emotional habits that have contributed to their illness. Physical recovery is not enough to maintain sobriety. Making gratitude a customary part of each day is a key to the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of recovery. A holistic approach brings peace and comfort to individuals who have damaged their bodies and spirits with drugs and alcohol.

Staying In Gratitude Smoothes the Rough Spots

Gratitude and meditation can be helpful in dealing with stressing circumstances. As an example, if a loved one is dying, remaining in gratitude for the precious times you have had together can refocus your thinking. If addiction has caused financial ruin, gratitude for the chance to start over in recovery can bring hope. Being grateful for the basics of life we take for granted, such as the way our blood circulates through our bodies and the way our lungs pump life-giving oxygen to our cells, helps us to develop humility.

Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t mean to have a naïve approach to life. It is what we do in the face of suffering that makes the difference. Learning to live in gratitude opens up the possibility of making new decisions in sobriety. Even when all the possibilities seem to have glitches, being grateful for what we have accomplished thus far will build our confidence that we can face new challenges with similar success.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.