Gratitude: The Cure-All for Wellbeing
How Gratitude Can Be The One-Size-Fits-All Solution to Peace Of Mind
Around the clock peace of mind seems like an impossible task. The Idealism of lofty gurus and monks is that they have devoted their lives to meditation and spiritual matters, shuttered in monasteries and temples high on distant mountain tops. Lots of ways exist to bring a sense of ease and comfort in our lives. We don’t all have to put on robes and sit for hours on end. A powerful tool that can be adopted and applied by everyone is simple: Gratitude.
Perception = Reality
Lets start first with what gratitude solves. Gratitude is way of perceiving our worlds. When we change our perception, we change our reality. And this perception is a choice. We can choose to see the world a threatening place. A place where we must hoard our resources, trust no one, feel victimized by the things in life we believe are unfair. If this negative perception is our view, we will feel isolated, anxious, and depressed. These perceptions and feelings sound a lot like our lives before recovery!
Let’s take a real-world example. Most of us experience traffic. Imagine heading to work and an unforeseen car accident has blocked the road. With nowhere to go, you are stuck and must simply wait it out. This hiccup will make you late for work. This is can be a frustrating experience, if we choose to let it. We can choose to be upset, cursing those drivers for inconveniencing everyone and making ME late; they were probably staring at their phones – can’t they just pay attention!?” We’ve all been frustrated by traffic, but let’s look at changing our perception.
Can You Really Be Grateful for Everything?
Let’s look at the same situation through the lens of gratitude. It can actually be a simple exercise. I am grateful that I have a job to go to. I am grateful that I have a car to get me to work. I am grateful I have a phone so I can call work and let them know I’m stuck in traffic. I am grateful that I have this phone, this car and this job at all! Lots of people in the world would have immense gratitude for the things we complain about. This attitude could even lead to compassion and empathy: I hope those people are OK. Add the layer of recovery and it takes on a whole new meaning. I’m grateful to be sober, so that I can show up for my job. I’m grateful that I am sober, so I can pay my phone bill and my car payment.
Recovery Brings Gratitude to Everything
Phones, cars, jobs – these may seem like simple things to be grateful for, but that way of thinking is for those who do not understand the brains of individuals with substance use disorder. Those of us in recovery have every right to be grateful for everything – large and small. Every breath we take is a miracle. When we have a particularly challenging day, we can take a breath and be grateful for the challenges that come our way in recovery and our ability to face them clean and sober. We may have made mistakes or acted poorly, but we are sober and have the opportunity to make amends and do better tomorrow. Having another tomorrow is the most wonderful thing we have to be grateful for.
Oxycodone, as found in OxyContin, Roxicodone or Percocet, is a powerful opioid painkiller. It is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the United States (2019 Government Health Statistics) and many other countries around the world.
Many people who abuse oxycodone start out taking a prescribed amount—but as their body develops a tolerance to the drug, they need a higher dose to maintain the same relief or high.
The transition from use to abuse to addiction can be a quick and dangerous road. Oxycodone is a powerful drug and offers much-needed relief to many people struggling with painful or terminal conditions; as such, it can be hard to stay in control.
Oxycodone addiction is a very serious condition – not only is it an expensive and debilitating addiction, overdose from oxycodone is a very real—and potentially deadly—possibility.
Morphine is an opiate drug prescribed by a physician to relieve severe pain. Morphine takes its name from Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, due to its euphoric properties which are often described by users as a dreamlike state. The drug can be taken in the form of a tablet, syrup, injection or smoked.
Morphine has the potential to be highly addictive, as tolerance to it develops rapidly. In the United States, morphine is listed as a Schedule II drug that is used to treat moderate, severe, and chronic pain. It is also used for pain relief after major surgeries, treatment for cancer-related pain, and shortness of breath at the end of a patient’s life.
Ketamine has hallucinogenic and sedating effects, which produce an out of body experience (dissociative) in which the user feels detached from themselves and reality. A ketamine user’s perceptions of sight and sound can often be distorted, making it difficult for them to move. For this reason, and because it is odourless and colourless, it has been used as a ‘date rape’ drug. In some extreme cases users have reported feeling a ‘near death’ experience while others have experienced feelings of ‘complete bliss’.