A Grateful Recovering Person Will Not Use Drugs.

The power of gratitude can not be understated. It is a cornerstone of a successful recovery program. While there are many other important aspects, focused and persistent gratitude will greatly increase success rates.

Improving the quality of the recovery experience.

Not only will gratitude give the patient a better chance of success, it will improve the overall experience. Gratitude creates a spiritual awareness and feeling of being connected with what is good in life. Happiness and contentedness throughout the day can be readily maintained with gratitude therapy.

What is involved in getting started with gratitude therapy?

Dr. Leeds would be happy to sit down with you in a patient visit and discuss the details and process of gratitude therapy. First, you are going to need a pen or pencil. Second, you will need a notebook or pad of blank paper. These are the main essential tools to get started in practicing gratitude therapy.

A quiet space is essential for gratitude therapy sessions.

If you are ready to practice daily gratitude therapy, you are going to need a quiet place to sit and write. Ask the people in your home to give you some quiet, uninterrupted time. Make certain that you have a comfortable place to sit and write.

Start with a moment of silence and deep breathing.

When embarking on a task such as gratitude therapy, deep breathing can help to quiet the mind in preparation. Relax the muscles of your body. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and hold it briefly. Then, let the breath out. You may be interested in more spiritual exercises that can enhance gratitude therapy. I recommend the book, “Fulfilled”, by Anna Yusim, M.D. You may find a podcast interview with Dr. Yusim here. Her book is available on Amazon and in most book stores. Read more about the book here.

Pick up your pen or pencil and start writing.

Now that you are relaxed with a clear mind and a quiet, comfortable place to write, it is time to start writing. Think of things for which you are grateful. It can be people in your life who you love. It can be your health. Think about the things in the world that make you happy. It can be anything from butterflies to puppies or even a working car that gets you to work. Don’t forget to be grateful for being clean today. It is truly something to be grateful for. I recommend listening to the podcast interview with David Hecht, “Sunshine Of The Spirit”, where the topic of keeping a gratitude list is discussed at length. You can listen here. While we may have some disagreements with David on medical treatment of opioid use disorder, he is an excellent writer and speaker who has a deep understanding of the 12-steps, spiritual principles of recovery and how to stay clean and live the life of your dreams while staying clean. In fact, you will find that the topic of gratitude and it’s importance is a common theme in many episodes of The Rehab podcast on the Mental Health News Radio Network.

Why is gratitude therapy so important?

If you are in a program of medication assisted treatment with buprenorphine, it is important to go beyond the assistance of the medication. Developing the habit of always being grateful is an excellent way to build your defenses against the risk of future relapses. Gratitude strengthens your recovery and it helps to give you a better quality of life.