Tips for Acknowledging Your Hard Work
September is National Recovery Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of those in recovery from addiction. For many people, this journey is not easy; it requires hard work and dedication. But as you progress on your path to wellness, it's important to take time to acknowledge your wins—even the small ones. Here are some tips for doing just that.
What is National Recovery Month & Why Should We Celebrate It?
National Recovery Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, celebrate the people who recover, and provide support for those who still need help.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched National Recovery Month in 1989 to celebrate the successes of those who have made strides in their recovery of mental and substance use disorders.
So, why should we celebrate National Recovery Month?
Here are three reasons:
To raise awareness about mental and substance use disorders and the importance of treatment and recovery services.
To celebrate people in recovery, their families, friends, and allies.
To provide hope to those who still need help that recovery is possible.
The Benefits of Celebrating Recovery
When we take the time to celebrate our accomplishments—no matter how small they may seem—we are acknowledging our hard work and progress. This can be incredibly motivating, especially when we are facing difficult times. Additionally, celebrating our recovery can help to:
Improve our mood
Boost self-esteem and confidence
Provide a sense of accomplishment
Encourage us to stick with our treatment plan
How to Celebrate Your Recovery Wins
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to celebrating your recovery. What matters most is finding an activity or method that works for you and that you can realistically commit to doing regularly. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Write down your accomplishments in a journal or on a piece of paper and post them where you can see it every day.
Make a goal list for things you want to achieve in your recovery, and check off each one as you accomplish it.
Treat yourself to a special activity or item that you enjoy—something that you can look forward to as a reward for your hard work.
Spend time with people who support your recovery, and avoid those who don't.
Find a sober hobby or activity you enjoy and make time for it in your week.
If you know someone who struggles with addiction, our team at Decision Point Center is here to help. Contact us today at (844) 292-5010 to learn more.