In working with residents at the AToN Center I often see how developing an attitude of gratitude can be a very powerful asset in recovery. I think of gratitude from the perspective of being a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I look at the results of a client’s thought processes and give them options to change and modify their thinking. For example, if a person has thoughts such as “I can’t believe I’m being treated this way, this is totally unfair”, “I’m being taken advantage of”, “It’s my friend’s, parent’s, or partner’s fault that I’m in this condition”, a person will likely be encouraging their sense of entitlement and resentments.
In micro-focusing on what you don’t have you miss out on all of the things that you do have. Thoughts such as “I appreciate those around me, “I’m glad that help is available”, “This isn’t exactly what I wanted but I’ll make the most of it”, and “I’ve been given a great deal,” can help a person focus on what they already have. Changing your thought process can facilitate having more gratitude and appreciation in life.
Dr.Chad Cox PsyD
AToN Center 888-535-1516
Often people view getting and being sober as a negative experience. The grief and loss as well as anhedonia experienced is very real and we need to learn to create joy in the midst of this and other difficult experiences along the way.
One of AToN Center’s chief principles for sobriety is, Maintaining Motivation. Those in early recovery often find it difficult to maintain motivation to make healthy choices and to continue their sobriety. Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote of the benefits of gratitude over two thousand years ago; Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. At AToN Center we help the individual to practice gratitude and empathy.
One practice, which reinforces “staying in gratitude”, includes learning to appreciate one’s decision to be sober. Practicing gratitude is a powerful component to maintaining daily sobriety. Gratitude helps to reinforce hope, maintain positive thoughts, practice value-based decision-making and to reject harmful actions.
At AToN Center our holistic approach to wellness includes personalized individual counseling session, highly structured educational classes, group processing groups and a host of holistic wellness offerings. Practicing gratitude is one of the many lessons that our residents receive to help them maintain sobriety.
Chris McDuffie, MA, RRW
Chemical Dependency Counselor
AToN Center 888-535-1516