When many people enter rehab, they often go in with the mindset that they are “quitting alcohol” or “losing drugs,” but this is not correct. Going in with this perspective can be damaging to your overall willingness to recover. Rather than focusing on what you lose by getting sober, think about what there is to gain. Think about all of the things addiction made you let go of as it became your number one priority and turn your recovery into a journey of self-discovery and about regaining stability and passion.

The Gifts of Recovery

Individuals that have struggled with addiction often find themselves feeling lost, helpless, and hopeless. They cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel because addiction seems to extend the darkness forever. However, recovery offers you a way out of the tunnel and into a better life. 

Addiction is a thief, commonly taking away the things that bring you the most joy. Recovery helps you get those things back. When you are sober, you’ll be back to: 

  • Sleeping soundly
  • Being productive
  • Having self-respect
  • Stable mental health
  • Organized finances
  • A positive perspective
  • Time for the things and ones you love

You cannot have these things if you spend your time continually using drugs and alcohol. Instead, you must find healing and start your path to bigger and better things because you deserve it.

Put in the Work

Recovery will not come to you on a silver platter. You don’t enter rehab and magically walk out healed. Recovery is hard work that requires a lot of introspection, apologizing, accountability, and persistence. Anyone that has gone through recovery and gotten sober will tell you that it is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but also one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. 

The reasons that the gifts of recovery are so profound and meaningful are because they require you to work for them. You cannot live a happy life if you are continually using substances every day. Deciding to say “no” and work towards a better future for yourself is the best thing you can do for a happy, healthy, sober life.


Recovery is hard work. Going in with the right mindset can take a change of perspective. Recovery should not be seen as losing a part of yourself but instead gaining all of the beautiful things that addiction stole from you. At Alta Loma Transformational Services, we want to help you experience what sobriety can do for you and your life. We can guide you on the path to recovery and support you when you feel like you cannot move forward. No matter what, you always have someone to talk to when you feel like you can’t go on. Contact us today at (866) 457-3843 and experience the difference that sobriety can make.