It was 240 years ago on the 4th of July that America celebrated its independence as a new nation. While your time in sobriety may seem to pale in comparison, your independence from addiction is certainly something worth celebrating. Whether you’ve been in recovery for two weeks, two months, two years, or two decades, it’s an accomplishment. As you’re enjoying picnics, barbecues, fireworks, and family, take some time to stop and think about what your independence means to you.
Reflect on the progress you’ve made. Consider how much your life has changed for the better and how far you have come from your days of active addiction. What are some things that you’ve accomplished that you never thought possible before? How has your physical and mental health improved?
Appreciate your freedom to choose what you do. Drugs and alcohol no longer dictate your life – you do. You have the ability to make healthy choices and pursue your goals and dreams. Without the influence of addiction, you can think more clearly and remember life’s special moments.
Re-evaluate where you’re headed. The year is a little more than halfway over. Are you still on track with your goals? Review what you want to accomplish and how to get there. It may be time to set some new goals for yourself.
Set yourself up for success. There will be lots of events going on for the 4th of July. Remember that you don’t have to accept every invitation. Focus on finding sober activities, or host your own party so that you’re more in control of the environment. Know your triggers and how to minimize them so you can still have fun.
If you can’t fathom a 4th of July without a few drinks, it may be time to consider addiction treatment. Above It All Treatment Center can help you get on the path to sobriety and a lifestyle of recovery that you can be proud of.