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The 5 Best Ways to Celebrate Recovery

Drug addiction is probably one of the most difficult challenges for not just an individual, but a family as a whole. The battle against it can be incredibly fierce, treacherous, exhausting, and seemingly never-ending. Finding a way out, at first, can seem to be impossible: the amount of deaths per year at a staggering 72,000 for opioid addiction alone can make one feel helpless. Thankfully though, beating addiction is far from impossible. With the strong support of family members and proper treatment, a person can achieve long-term recovery.

The science of addiction proves that it is a treatable disorder. There are various treatment programs readily available to patients today. And when a person who was suffering from substance use disorder slowly gains back his confidence that he can live without needing drugs, his friends and families should celebrate recovery with him.

Why Should We Celebrate Recovery?

Like any other disease in which a person recovers from, a person and his friends and family should celebrate recovery.  Recovery from drug addiction marks a milestone not just on the life of the person involved in drugs, but also on the lives of the people who love him. Furthermore, celebrating recovery shows the person that they have continued to win the day-by-day battle with temptation to revert back to their old life. Beating addiction is hard, continuing sobriety is harder, and therefore every day is a victory within itself. No matter how far a person is from long-term recovery, whether it has just been two weeks or two years of staying sober, it should be a reason to celebrate recovery.

What are the Best Ways to Celebrate Recovery from Drug Addiction?

Recovery can be celebrated in various ways. Here are five ways you could celebrate recovery with your loved ones:

  1. Celebrate Recovery in the same way you would a birthday. You may mark the day you decided to undergo a comprehensive drug treatment as your annual celebration day for recovery. It’s like a celebration of the birth of a new person. Have a barbecue night with friends, bake a cake, or have a special dinner with your family and friends. However, if you want to celebrate your birth as a new person, make sure you celebrate it with the people who have played a significant part in your journey. Don’t forget to quit the need in providing booze and wine as you celebrate in a social gathering. You know that throwing in all the food and entertainment without the alcohol is the perfect way to stay sober!

  2. Celebrate recovery by joining an event near you. Whether it is a rally, concert, dance or a university forum, join a public event near your place. Your voice will add to the proof that getting proper treatment makes a difference for a person struggling with addiction. In the United States, the government celebrates Recovery Month every September to educate the public on the dangers of substance use and the hope that springs from getting treatment and having access to health services. When you get the chance to speak before the crowd, make sure that you get your story out. You will never know how much it could impact the lives of others.

  3. Lead a meeting of your support group. Celebrating recovery is also taking the lead in inspiring other people. If you are the quiet type in your group and you always have so much in mind, taking the lead to talk is always a welcome opportunity to celebrate recovery. Let others know how you feel. Your story is their story too. You want to share the small victories with the people whose lives have been greatly affected by drug addiction. You want to add to the positive force that speaks about defeating addiction through a strengthened community. Make sure that your voice is heard.

  4. Celebrate recovery by reaching out to young people. You have been there and you have done that. Drug addiction can take away a promising future, a beautiful family, and your life’s dreams. When you experience long-term recovery, reach out to young people who are right now greatly affected by the prevalence of drug abuse. Be an educator, a mentor, and a friend to a teenager who you think needs help. Voice out what drugs can do to the mind and body and how it could take away their youth. Make them realize that adventure and excitement can be seen everywhere even without alcohol and drugs. You were able to do it, so they can too!

  5. Celebrate recovery and discover the new you. If you have just been recovering from drugs, the best way to celebrate recovery and staying sober is to find new passions. Discover a new hobby. Enroll in a class that you have been wanting to do ever since you were a kid. Travel to a different place with your loved ones and rediscover yourself under a new light. You would thank yourself for deciding to get into drug rehab treatment afterward when you see how the beautiful part of the world and the goodness in people that you were not probably paying much attention to. Celebrate life and discover the new you!

If you do all of these things, not only will you guarantee yourself a happy recovery, but you will encourage all those around you to do the same. Happy National Recovery Month!

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