Celebrating Our Sobriety Anniversary

Celebrating Our Sobriety Anniversary

When struggling with addiction, we often were down on ourselves, constantly inundating ourselves with criticism, judgment, unkindness and self-rejection. We felt inadequate, unworthy and undeserving of happiness. We didn’t feel we were capable of recovering or turning our lives around. We didn’t love or value ourselves. As we work towards our goal of sobriety, we’re working on all these mental and emotional issues. We’re confronting the toxic patterns we developed that contributed to our addictions. When we reach sobriety, sometimes we’re so afraid of relapsing that we’re hesitant to celebrate ourselves. We don’t feel we deserve to relax just yet. We still have a lot of work to do. We’re afraid that at any moment we might slip up and fall back into old patterns. One of the ways we can encourage ourselves to keep going with our sobriety and to keep pursuing our recovery goals is by celebrating our sobriety anniversary.

When we celebrate the date of our sobriety, we’re affirming to ourselves that we deserve praise, validation, approval and commendation. We’re celebrating ourselves. We’re showing ourselves love and appreciation. Very often our addictions made us do the exact opposite. We were our own worst enemy and harshest critic. We were internally beating ourselves up and knocking ourselves down. Achieving sobriety is about finding inner peace, creating harmony within ourselves, and coming to terms with our pain. We can’t get sober if we’re still at war with ourselves. Creating inner peace is a hugely important accomplishment. It takes many of us years to get there. It is absolutely something worth celebrating.

Celebrating sobriety is also celebrating gratitude. We’re grateful for our recovery. We’re grateful to all of the people and resources that helped us along the way. We’re grateful to ourselves for all the hard work we’ve done. We’re grateful we didn’t give up on ourselves. We’re grateful that we kept going, that we kept persevering, that we kept believing in ourselves. We’re grateful for the tranquility, peace and happiness we now feel in our lives. Marking our sobriety date and celebrating it is allowing ourselves to show gratitude for the journey and for ourselves, for everything that has brought us this far.

Every time we celebrate our sobriety anniversary, we’re encouraging ourselves to keep going. We’re uplifting ourselves. We’re reminding ourselves how much better recovery feels than the pain of addiction and self-hate. In celebrating, we reaffirm our commitment to ourselves and our sobriety. We’re showing ourselves that we’re dedicated to this path of wellness and self-love.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.