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5 Reasons to Be Thankful in Recovery

A family sitting around the holiday table with a cooked turkey in the middle.

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

The holiday season is always full of sharing reasons to be thankful and spreading joy and cheer. Starting each day by reminding yourself of the big and little reasons to be grateful improves an individual’s overall physical and mental health, increases happiness levels, and reduces stress levels. This practice is a sincere display of appreciation for everything in your life and makes facing hardships slightly more manageable.

In case being in recovery isn’t on your list of reasons to be grateful this year, here are 5 reasons you should consider adding it to the top:

1. Spending Time with Loved Ones

Your loved ones, both friends and family, are some of the most influential people in your life. They are the ones who accept you wholeheartedly and support you during every step of your recovery journey. Being in recovery allows you the opportunity to spend quality time with those you hold dear. They also might serve as a reminder of why you fight every day. The holidays are a special time to surround yourself with your loved ones and show your appreciation for them.

2. A Supportive Recovery Community

Having a supportive recovery community is pertinent to your success in recovery. Those in the recovery community know what you have been through and may be able to relate to you on a different level than other people in your support system. While everyone plays a critical role in recovery, it is essential to positively influence your life with those who have traveled a similar path.

3. Your Physical and Mental Health

When you are actively using a substance, it can negatively affect your physical and mental health. Being in recovery means you are repairing both of those aspects of your life. It is a sign that you have taken control of your overall health and wellbeing.

4. Celebrating Traditions

Being in recovery allows you the freedom to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season. If you have unique traditions for the holidays with your family, you will also have the opportunity to partake in them as you once did. For those who may not have holiday traditions, this is the perfect time to create them.

5. Helping Others

Substances can often change our behaviors and attitudes. If you are under the influence of a substance, you may not act how you typically would. However, when you are in recovery, you may feel more in touch with your authentic self. This means you may be more likely to help family members with house chores, neighbors with yard work, or even volunteer your time to give back to your community.

Join Our Family at Tennessee Wellness Center

At Tennessee Wellness Center, we provide comprehensive alcohol addiction and drug addiction programs and mental health treatment with a family-oriented approach. We understand that addiction, substance use, and mental health disorders are not only hard on the person who is struggling but loved ones and families alike. That is why we want to make the holiday season easier for you and your family.

Call (865) 205-2770 or contact us online to learn more about our treatment programs today.