25 Reasons to Stay on Recovery Road

Every time a person in recovery takes a step forward, it leaves a space for another person to follow.

I remember how fragile I was in those first few days and months of treatment. Everything felt raw and intense. All the memories I tried to suppress with drugs and alcohol came flooding back. I remember how grateful I was to be with other people who had more time in recovery than I did, to know that what I was feeling was part of the process and that things would get better. It was encouraging to learn that my emotions would stabilize and that looking at memories would not hurt me. I could face them and move on.

One thing that became apparent once I completed treatment was how grateful I was to have my life back. Of course, things weren’t perfect, but I woke up every day feeling good, excited about life, knowing that I was living yet another day away from the insanity of addiction.

Another thing that became apparent to me was that my gratitude was turning into a compelling desire to help people new to recovery. I remembered how comforting it was during my early months to talk about my experiences and to hear stories and words of encouragement from others who had gone through the same process.

With this in mind, I asked some of my friends in recovery to help me put together the following words of inspiration to help you on your journey.

  1. You’re worth it.
  2. You matter.
  3. Your pain will become your strength.
  4. Your past will no longer define your future.
  5. You will learn self-respect for yourself and for others.
  6. You have the rest of your life to look forward to.
  7. You will learn how to process emotions in healthy ways.
  8. You get to rewrite your story.
  9. Your recovery will help others in your family to heal.
  10. Your family needs you.
  11. You have important work to do.
  12. You can create the life you want to live.
  13. Living life fully present is a gift — a present.
  14. No one can take you out of balance unless you allow it.
  15. Living your life in recovery helps destigmatize this disease.
  16. You can inspire others by sharing your story.
  17. Each day in recovery you are getting better and better.
  18. You are a walking miracle.
  19. The best is yet to come.
  20. Your dreams can become your reality.
  21. You will become a beacon of light and hope for those who are new to recovery.
  22. Life becomes a wonderful and fabulous adventure into the unknown.
  23. Recovery is fun.
  24. You will become your own best friend.
  25. You can become the person you were born to be.

By Pam Clark

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