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Hateful to Grateful

Addiction can leave us scarred, wounded, afraid, and angry at everything and everyone around us. We might feel victimized, alone, and untrusting of anyone that comes near. These feelings are normal. We’ve been hiding behind them and keeping them close like body armor for what can be, a very long time. Once the numbing effect of drugs or alcohol is removed, these feelings rise to the surface and are raw nerves freshly exposed to the world.

In recovery, we learn to let go. We learn to see our part in situations that have caused us much resentment. We learn to apologize when we are wrong. We learn to ask for and receive help. Through learning all of these new things, we learn how to help others when and where we can. When we are able to mend our hearts, we are ready to help others do the same. The saying, “Let us love you until you learn to love yourself” is an example of letting the hurt and anger go, and letting the love and compassion from others, in.

Through the healing process of recovery, we move into gratitude. We appreciate where we are now, and are thankful for how far we have come. We have paid the price of misery in our addiction, and we become willing to lend a hand to others still suffering. Recovery isn’t easy and the road is long, but the journey is open to anyone who wants it.

If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, you don’t ever have to feel this way again. Millions of people are living in recovery and enjoying life free from the bondage of addiction. Once we have emerged from the depths of our disease and have made it into the light of recovery, the gratitude we experience for having dodged the bullet of complete disrepair is immeasurable. When we see newcomers struggling to hang on, we remember what is was like, what happened, and what it is like now. You can experience gratitude for recovery, too. Give us a call, and we can help you get started on living a life you never dreamed possible.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401