For many Americans, Thanksgiving marks the official beginning of the holiday season, bringing with it travel, family gatherings, and cheer. Unfortunately for some, the holidays can be difficult. Strained or non-existent family bonds, social isolation, and depression can creep in, making this time of year trying and painful. For people in recovery, Thanksgiving and other family holidays can be triggering, especially if they feel unsupported, alone, and vulnerable. Finding gratitude in life and putting things back into perspective can help you navigate the challenges of Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday seasons.
Here’s 25 things to be thankful for this year:
- The breath you just took.
- Waking up this morning.
- The chance to redirect your future.
- Getting back up when life knocks you down.
- Your recovery (even if today is your first day).
- Learning from your past mistakes.
- Connection with others.
- Finding beauty in the world.
- The people who support you and your goals.
- The opportunity to better yourself through education.
- Self-expression through art, music, and dance.
- The ability to walk away from toxic situations.
- Your hobbies and passions.
- The chance to start all over.
- Everything you’ve achieved this year, no matter how small.
- Family, both by blood and by choice.
- Access to clean water, food, and a roof over your head.
- Finding yourself again, beyond drugs or alcohol.
- Being able to inspire others with your story.
- Experiencing the miracle of second (third, fourth, and fifth) chances.
Remember, no moment of self-doubt and vulnerability is worth everything you’ve worked so hard to gain. Take a moment to breathe and center yourself. You are stronger than you know, and help and support is out there if you need it. If you’re struggling this Thanksgiving, we’re here for you. We believe in you and support you no matter what stage of the recovery journey you’re in.
Let us know what you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving!