When you wake up in the morning, you have an opportunity. Whether you are in rehab or at home, you can choose to start each day on a positive note. Take a few moments and feel your feet on the floor, feel your body breathing. If you used heroine, you could have died from the spike of fentanyl by illegal manufacturers. If you drank alcohol abusively, you could have ended up in the proverbial gutter and died from liver failure.
You are alive. You saved yourself by having the courage to combat substance abuse. No matter what problems or attenuating circumstances you face today from an addiction, remind yourself that you are alive. Your job today, is to write down a saying to be repeated every morning, and throughout the day. If you are down in the dumps, the words you use for the saying or daily meditation can be about how you’d like to feel, not how you actually feel.
Let your imagination go wild, I am the bravest person I know. I am humble, kind, loving and generous. I have a mission in life to live it to the fullest and help others who have suffered, too. I am grateful for my life, for each breath I take, for the stars and the moon and all the wonderful people in my life that I love so much. Don’t worry if you don’t believe what you’ve written, and think it’s corny and over-the-top—just do it!
Keep your saying beside your bed. Tell your spouse, loved one or roommate what you are going to do upon waking. This is so they can give your a moment of privacy, or at least quietude. Reading your message to yourself or out loud will only take a number of seconds. If you tend to forget reading it, put a sticky note on the bathroom mirror as a reminder.
Your daily saying can help your mind develop new neural pathways towards peace of mind and positive actions. It’s like the ole fall in the hole story. You walk out of the house and fall into the hole of gloom and doom. The next day, you walk out and try to avoid the hole, but you get too close to the edge and fall in. One day you walk out with a shovel and fill in the hole!
Serenity Oaks provides an intensive 5 week program to support your sobriety and recovery from addiction. We provide medical support, detox, and other help such as building life skills. Through individualized programs we help you move forward in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you get started: 844-396-8526.