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"I remember years ago, an old-timer in Alcoholics Anonymous told me that so long as I remained grateful for my sobriety, I wouldn’t have to worry about relapse. I dismissed this wisdom because it sounded way too simplistic – I had a long list of things I needed to stay sober. It is only now, and many struggles later (including multiple relapses) that I can appreciate what he said to me. Gratitude is not only the secret to success at drug rehab but also in life." Paul G.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. Melody Beattie (The Language of Letting Go)
It’s amazing how quickly we can adapt to a change in our circumstances. We might work hard for years to reach a goal, yet once we achieve it, our mind can almost immediately be fixated on the next challenge. Within days of getting what we ‘always wanted’, we can start to take it for granted as we become obsessed with the next new thing we just got to have.If you don’t feel grateful for your recovery, you are probably not going to put enough effort into maintaining it. Grateful people find it easy to give 100 per cent because they can clearly see the benefits of this effort. Once they start to take these benefits for granted, their motivation begins to wane.If you want to succeed in drug rehab (and beyond), you need to remain grateful for your sobriety. This is going to give you the energy to keep doing the right things – it means you are going to be willing to do whatever it takes to protect your sobriety. When you have this type of attitude, you become an unstoppable force, and your recovery is guaranteed.
I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. Brene Brown
Happiness is not about owning more stuff or achieving all of your goals. You can have tons of money, yet still feel miserable a lot of the time. You could win the Noble Peace prize, yet still feel like a complete failure. Happiness is not about what you have – it is about being grateful for what you have. If you spend time every day ‘counting your blessings’, you are always going to have something to feel happy about - one effective way of doing this is to keep a gratitude journal.Some of the other benefits of gratitude include:
Gratitude is one of the tools you will develop during your time with us here at Serenity Vista. Our private pay drug rehab provides a suitable environment where you learn to cherish your sobriety. By developing the habit of being grateful, you can being to truly appreciate this amazing experience of being alive. Learn more about some of the things guests are grateful for at Serenity Vista in Panama by clicking here.
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