My first gift in sobriety, at the time, didn’t feel like a gift at all; it was the gift of desperation. I hit the same bottom I always do, the bottom of burning every bridge I had with one choice to go to treatment or possibly die. Luckily, I am fortunate enough to have family support so I didn’t end up at Charlie Street. The little things in life can be seen as gifts depending on the way I look at them. When I make the choice to take a disadvantage and flip it into an advantage, it makes collecting a 30-day chip A Gift. Now, I have over 8 months of sobriety and I am enrolled in school to become a hairdresser. That’s not just A Gift; that is A Miracle! What goes around comes around and with the help of Salina and South Orange County Detox & Treatment, I’ve learned to put my energy into hard work rather the in using. Watching it pay off while learning the skills of being comfortable being uncomfortable has shown me how to push through stressful situations that, in the past, I would have ran from or needed a substance in order to cope. The gift of learning who I want to be as a person has helped me understand who I really am. My favorite gift in sobriety is being able to push through my doubts that used to hold me back from growing, now I’m able to test my beliefs and prove the negative thought wrong. Life can one big gift if you’re willing to see it and open your eyes to the gifts that are there for the taking.