Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving- "I'm Thankful for My Mom"

I’m thankful for my mom, she is one of the hardest workers I know by showing me the path of perseverance and resilience.

I’m thankful for my mom, she is one of the hardest workers I know by showing me the path of perseverance and resilience.

Thanksgiving serves as a great reminder to realize how lucky I truly am. I used to feel lonely throughout the holidays because I felt distant from my relatives, who all reside in northern California. My holidays are spent with my immediate family: my mom, stepdad, and two of my brothers. I used to wish to spend the holidays at one big family party, however, those thoughts of sadness took away the very importance of what Thanksgiving is. Those moments of sadness did not let me appreciate or even acknowledge all the work my mom has done to provide for my family. Now, I greatly appreciate all my mom’s hard work to make the best of every holiday she can. Although my mom struggles financially she does the best she can to provide for my brothers and I. I’m thankful for my mom, she is one of the hardest workers I know by showing me the path of perseverance and resilience.

I am also thankful for the counselors in my past who helped me during my depression. I now realize that when presented with hardship it is so easy to become forgetful of all the blessings in one’s own life by glorifying and romanticizing the lives of others. However, upon reflection, I realize I am very privileged myself; I am healthy, surrounded by individuals who care for me, have an education, as well as a full time job that is filled with constant learning experiences. I now do not dread the holidays and look forward to spending Thanksgiving with my immediate family. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to help my mom financially and that I am able express to my family and loved ones how much they are appreciated.

Thanksgiving-"I am thankful that by chance I found a wonderful place to start my Life"

I am thankful that by chance I found a wonderful place to start my life.

I am thankful that by chance I found a wonderful place to start my life.

 Well, 1st of all I'm thankful to be alive and not in a hospital, and that my children still love me. It was just by chance that I looked at a list of places to go and I picked South Orange County Detox & Treatment, simply because it was in San Clemente.  How could I know that I was going to get a chance at not just getting the alcohol out of my body, but to find out my the underlying issues....be able to be not just physically sober but emotionally sober, is a gift that Salina has such a firm, loving logical, hold on. I am thankful that by chance I found a wonderful place to start my life.

Thanksgiving- Family

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Thanksgiving reminds me of family and bonding. This past year has been difficult but the place that I am in my life today is amazing. I have so much to be thankful for; I am thankful for the birth of my beautiful baby girl and I am thankful to have someone in my life, whom I am in love with. I am definitely thankful that Salina and all the staff at SOCD believe in me, even when I don’t believe in myself.

Instead of focusing on the difficulties the past year has presented I try to focus on the amazing things that I do have going on and mainly my sobriety. I am excited to have this Thanksgiving with my friends and family and I am able to be present. My life is the way it is today because the work that I have put in as well as the work other people have invested in me. I used to dread the holidays, but now I couldn’t have more to be thankful for and I am blessed beyond belief.