Gratitude and Gambling Stories of Addiction.
According to statistics only a small percentage of people receive treatment for their addiction. Therefore, if you are lucky enough to get help and receive the gift of sobriety then please be grateful. It truly is a gift that should not be taken for granted. Any addict must understand the value of not gambling
I recently spoke to an old timer in recovery who has over thirty years without gambling. He points out what a miracle it is for him to not be in active addiction. He discusses the idea that at one time he gambled daily. Now the gift to not gamble which was so freely given to him allows living a life second to none. He truly believes this is a blessing that he must cherish every day in order to maintain sobriety. Furthermore, he believes people with long term sobriety appreciate the gift more than earlier when first entering recovery. Also, he is very grateful that his children and grand children don’t think of him as a betting man. They see him as a great guy who goes to a lot of meetings! That is the value of maintaining a gamble free life.
So, one question for a person in recovery is do you appreciate the gift of sobriety? One recent article tells of the insanity and lack of care for one drinker who nearly lost her life. She didn’t even appreciate the gift to live. The old timer told me that he values his recovery more and more as time goes on. He has seen so many people come into the rooms of Gamblers Anonymous and then disappear. Unfortunately, many who do not return end up in jail, institutions or very sadly die from the disease of addiction. But one thing for sure is that he believes addicts who show gratitude seem to have a better chance at remaining gamble free.
Lastly he stresses that if you are grateful now life will keep getting better! So, keep a thankful heart and don’t let this gift slip away.