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Reaching Milestones You Never Thought Were Possible

For those struggling with co-occurring disorders, special milestones can be bitter-sweet. Depression and addiction can strip you from imagining yourself in future situations. You may also question if you’ll ever reach the milestones those around you are celebrating. It’s important to remind yourself to just take each day as it comes, and not put too much energy into convincing yourself you will or will not be celebrating along with your friends later on. 

When dealing with depression or addiction, those struggling may fail to see a future for themselves. Each day may be so difficult and draining that you may not see how you will get to the next day. It’s important to remind yourself that although there are things in the future to be excited for, each and every day is a battle that needs to be attacked with your full attention. Devoting your energy to today ensures that you will make it to tomorrow. Try not to get too high or low — make your motto “one day at a time.”

While taking things as they come, don’t ignore your future milestones. Whether it be a birthday, graduation from school, or a work promotion, give yourself something to look forward to, even though you may not think that you’ll get there. Fighting each day for your life and your future is what you must make your top priority. 

Once you come across these milestones, let yourself be proud of your accomplishments. You deserve all the recognition and praise. When battling depression or an addiction, each day may feel like an unclimbable mountain. Give yourself a pat on the back when you reach an important momentous moment. You deserve it. 

Although these moments may be tough, let yourself feel both the bitter and the sweet. Acknowledge that you have been fighting each day — you may not have seen the breakthrough coming. But, give yourself permission to feel good about breaking through the troubles.

Here at Villa Tranquil Recovery, we want to help you get to each and every milestone in your life. We want to help you help yourself. You are the driving force in your recovery, and we want to be a part of it. You may have started your recovery journey, but just need a little push in the right direction; or, you may just be starting out. Regardless, we are here for you. Set those milestones with us. Reach those milestones with us. You deserve to see your future.