As Thanksgiving approaches, the holiday season commences, and we all prepare to ring in the new year, it is always appropriate to take a moment and reflect on our gratitude. The last few years have been difficult on us all, through the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and ongoing struggle of Americans suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. As we journey into Thanksgiving, we are reminded to pause, take a moment, and reflect on those things that mean the most to us and that truly matter. It is important to take some time and find our gratitude.
Gratitude is not just a feeling or something that can’t quite be defined or quantified. In fact, there are numerous scientific studies that demonstrate that gratitude has a direct impact on our health and well-being, our happiness, and our quality of life. For those in recovery from addiction, they most likely are familiar with the phrase “a grateful addict will never use,” or the idea that gratitude is an action word. This means that one should not only find gratitude or feel grateful, but then turn around and put that feeling into action and help others.
Gratitude is a feeling that is often prevalent when we are feeling good, but also a feeling that can help us overcome negative feelings. Gratitude can empower, can heal, and can help manage and maintain a level of emotional wellness. Gratitude even can have a positive effect on our physical health. When we are feeling good, it is easy to find gratitude, but when we are down, we can get out of that funk by finding and appreciating the things that we are grateful for, even in bad times.
Here at Innovo Detox, we are grateful for the opportunity to help those individuals and families suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. We are grateful to be able to play a small part in their journey of recovery. We are grateful, also, for our staff! We have such a passionate, committed, compassionate staff here at Innovo Detox, and watching them help patients day in and day out brings us great joy and an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Therefore, we thought we would ask some of our amazing staff, what they are grateful for during this Thanksgiving season. Here are their responses: