Gratitude to Being Over the years working in the field, certain patterns of behaviors among clients become observable, whether they are dealing with addiction or chronic mental illness, For those who maintain recovery and those who don’t, I found that those who adopted a new lifestyle seems to do better. Another key ingredient that seems to indicate a higher chance of recovery is gratitude. Thankfulness for seeming to strengthen the person’s ability to take responsibility for their actions. Being thankful to find support, when you’ve burnt so many bridges; some from people you know and some from strangers tend to lend themselves for a person to be able to accept that he or she had done a lot of things that cannot be changed. And to be able to accept the responsibility of the fall out that happens because of his or her actions. It is in gratitude that a person finds forgiveness from others and from themselves. Being thankful to survive the worst, even if you are the person that caused it. Gratitude allows the person to see what is important in life.

Melinda Drake, LCSW (CA, NY, & HI), LISW-CP & AP (SC)

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