Whether a person struggles with substance use disorder, depression, anxiety or is addicted to a process such as gambling, pornography, gaming, shopping etc., all of these symptoms serve the same purpose – to avoid emotional pain. Past and present trauma and unresolved pain, in addition to low self-esteem and poor coping skills, create the perfect combination that creates a desperate avoidance mechanism.
The practice of mindfulness and gratitude are important components in the most effective forms of therapy and can help people in recovery appreciate the things that bring joy to their lives. Multiple studies prove that there is a link between gratitude and well-being, leading to a reduction in a multitude of toxic emotions. Gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression related to the trauma that often leads to addictive behaviors.
Inactive addiction, people are typically extremely self-absorbed. Humility is an essential part of a successful recovery and promoting gratitude stimulates the desire to be of service to others. Being of service to others creates a sense of a generosity of purpose rewarding the addict with a feeling far better than any drug can offer. Gratitude ultimately becomes the discovery path to spirituality.
Cultivating gratitude is a process that, like recovery itself, can be threatened by relapse, it is easy to fall back into patterns of self-pity, resentment, and negativity, particularly when life becomes stressful or things don’t go your way. Left unchecked, these feelings can lead to isolation and result in a return to addictive behaviors.
While negativity fuels the disease of addiction, gratitude nurtures the recovery. In recovery, you continue to grow and learn and experience the willingness to be open, honest, and recognize the blessings of life without the presence of addictive behaviors.
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