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addiction recovery journaling about being grateful

Ask anyone who is going through it – addiction recovery is tough. Some days will be easy, while others will be down right torture. But just because there are inevitably going to be rough days, doesn’t mean you should forget them. One of the best ways to keep a record of your addiction recovery is to write about it. By being able to go back and review some of your hardest moments you can learn more about yourself and the strength you have, than you could ever imagine. ⁠

Now, writing in a journal can be easier said than done; for some putting pen to paper is easy, a thoughtless task that helps clear their mind. For others, writing about personal experiences and struggles can be a struggle, and that’s ok. 

To help you get the hang of writing in a notebook, here are some great writing prompts to get you started: 

  1. Name three things in life that make you smile. 
  2. Recovery is hard. What are you most grateful for during this time? 
  3. Write a letter to your past self. 
  4. Write a letter to yourself today
  5. Write a letter to the future you – the one you hope to be. 
  6. Be honest – nobody else is looking – how proud of yourself are you for getting this far in your recovery? 
  7. What are your goals for the next 4 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year? 
  8. Can you remember when you first realized you were addicted to your drug of choice? How did it make you feel? 
  9. If you could do one thing to spoil yourself, what would it be? 
  10. How important is your physical health? Do you want to make any changes? Do you know how to make these changes? 
  11. Is there a relationship with someone in your past life that you wish could have still maintained? 
  12. Is there someone in your life you want to say thank you to? Who is it and what would you say? 
  13. Is there something that you worry about that could interfere with your recovery journey? Write it out with as much detail as possible. The more you understand your worries, the less power they hold over you. 
  14. What is your main regret you have about your past? Can you do anything about it today to help move past it? 
  15. What does it mean to love yourself? Do you love yourself? 
  16. On your hardest days, what do you look for to help you  move forward? 
  17. Do you ever think about using your drug of choice again? Why or why not? 
  18. What is your favourite meal? Is there a meal or a type of food that you have always wanted to try but never have? 
  19. If you could go back to school to become one thing, what would it be and why? 
  20. How are you going to celebrate your milestone anniversaries for your sobriety?

Addiction recovery journaling is a great example of self care. By taking the time to write about things you would normally not think about in detail or even at all, you are giving yourself an opportunity to get to know the new you – your true self. This person is worth getting to know.

If you need help with your addiction recovery process, contact The Farm Rehab today. We are always here and look forward to helping you.