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December 2021

I’d like to share the gifts we have been given in recovery.  Recovery is a wonderful gift from God.

Recovery Gift #1 – HOPE, INSTEAD OF DESPAIR

This wonderful gift is exactly what we need and desire when the recovery process begins.

Recovery Gift #2- FAITH, INSTEAD OF DESPERATION

Once in enslaved in darkness, we discovery enlightenment, a better life.  We learn to trust Jesus and that our life will turn out as it should.

Recovery Gift #3- COURAGE, INSTEAD OF FEAR

Fear feeds addiction-fear of pain, fear of people, and fear of the unknown.  In recovery we find strength in the face of fear.  We are no longer defined by that fear.

Recovery Gift #4- SERENITY, INSTEAD OF UNCERTAINTY

Addiction is a state of disorder and pulls us further into slavery.  Recovery is peace of mind and soul.

Recovery Gift #5- SELF-RESPECT, INSTEAD OF WORTHLESSNESS

Addiction spawns guilt, shame, and remorse.  We try to numb with more substance abuse.  In recovery we unburden ourselves of painful emotions and become free.  We learn that we have value, just as we are.

Recovery Gift #5- SELF-CONFIDENCE, INSTAD OF HELPLESSNESS

In active addiction we are beaten.  It has stolen our lives.  Now in recovery, we learn to trust in our own abilities to meet any challenge before us.  We have reclaimed our lives.

Recovery Gift #6 THE RESPECT OF OTHERS, INSTEAD OF THEIR PITY

Addiction controls behaviors and ruins relationships.  We break promises, lie, and hurt others with no regard of the consequences.  In recovery we strive to be the best we can.  We live by the AA principles.  We become worthy of respect.

Recovery Gift #7- A CLEAN CONSCIENCE, INSTEAD OF A SENSE OF GUILT

One of our basic beliefs, in recovery, is the willingness to make amends for the harm we have done to others in our past.  We try to directly make up for any wrongs we have done.  If we are sincere in our efforts, we wipe the slate clean and begin anew.

Recovery Gift #8- THE FEEDOM OF A HAPPY LIFE, INSTEAD OF THE BONDAGE OF ADDICTION

Addiction hijacked our brains.  We became slaves (addiction) to chemicals.  Our wills were not our own, and all our actions served to feed our addictions.

True freedom (recovery) from addictive use means we have the RIGHT to be happy.  

This Christmas season all those in true recovery will reflect upon and appreciate the wonderful God given gifts of recovery.  We will continue to place value on the work we have done and will continue to do.  If we stay true, the REWARDS always come.

Thanks to Northpoint Recovery for their help with this article.