Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. For individuals suffering from addiction and those in recovery, especially early recovery, this time of the year can be challenging. However, V-day can present an opportunity for reflection and understanding in which a new dialogue can open up ways to communicate with your family, friends, and most importantly yourself. Actually, developing self-love is an essential and vital component of addiction recovery. Self-love is about total acceptance and learning to let go of all the hate, disappointment and regret that is often associated with using substances.
If you are suffering from addiction, are currently in treatment or recovery, seize this Valentine’s Day to begin new practices. For those still struggling, really consider getting the help needed to get well. Any individual in recovery will tell you that finding the path to loving yourself is a worthwhile effort. For those in treatment and recovery, allow yourself to be proud of how far you have come in the process—focusing on your health, happiness, and all-around well being.
This Valentine’s Day give yourself the gift of love, compassion and respect. Whether you have a sweetheart to share it with, or you are spending it solo, do something that will lift your spirits up. You don’t need someone else to show you love. Your happiness depends on you and you alone. Make February 14 a day for you. Celebrate you in recovery or on your decision to seek professional help.
This February 14th, start a new tradition – the tradition of self-love. Healing starts with you. You have the power to change. You are deserving of all that is good. You come first. You are worthy. You are strong. You are love.
From all of us at Florida Center for Recovery,
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.