Gratitude To Support Your Life
November 2015
Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  It's difficult for many during the holidays.  You may have lost loved ones or it might be difficult to communicate with certain family members.  I think one of the best skills to use is gratitude.  Identify 10 different things you're grateful for each day. This skill supports bringing you into the moment and puts life into perspective.  


Our theme for December is Effective Communication Skills to Support Your Recovery. I think this is an excellent topic to support those visiting family during the holidays.  We want to support you being able to communicate with anyone any everyone you are spending time with during the holidays.  


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Elana & The RHN Team

Gratitude is Key

Gratitude is one of the key tools 12 step programs use to help addicts recover. However, gratitude is very helpful whether one is in recovery or not. There is a newer branch of psychology called positive psychology. Instead of focusing on pathology, this branch studies what makes happy people happier than the rest of us. One thing that they have found is that happy people cultivate gratitude. 

Gratitude to Support Recovery

One concept that is a common theme for those in recovery is that of gratitude. An "attitude of gratitude" is thought by many to be the key to happiness and hopefully to sobriety. Unfortunately I have noticed that those who seem to be the biggest vocal proponents of gratitude are the people who really can't tell what it is or how to practice being grateful. Being grateful is an attitude that can be acquired, but it does take practice. There is a big difference between giving lip service to a phrase and holding it as a belief. 

Reflecting on Blessings

Our culture, fueled by social media and the need to get ahead, encourages consumerism, self-obsession and immediate gratification, which keeps us stuck in a state of WANT. When you are operating in the WANT state, nothing is EVER enough (or good enough). This way of thinking leads to low self-esteem, anxiety, symptoms of depression, feelings of emptiness, anger and envy. This WANT state takes our minds out of the present and into the past or future. On the other hand, having gratitude, focusing and appreciating what we do HAVE, grounds us in the present which promotes feelings of well-being and joy. I'm as susceptible as anyone to falling into this state of WANT, but when I do, I utilize these quotes by Dickens and Tolle for inspiration and then meditate on my gratitude list. 

Women's Process Group Facilitated by Elana Clark-Faler, LCSW

Recovery Help Now invites you to join Elana's Women's Process Group. This group is for women who are seeking more from life. Gain a greater self-esteem, confidence, insight and direction in your life.  Join a group and change your life!

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Elana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Group Therapist and Certified in EMDR. She is the Clinical Director of Recovery Help Now in Los Angeles, California. She works with individuals, couples and groups. She helps people awaken their best life.

She specializes in the following areas:
  • Sex/Love Addiction
  • Chemical Abuse
  • Couples & Sex
  • Trauma
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Group Therapy


Process Groups help individuals learn why they do what they do. You will learn how to manage, change or accept behavior. You have an opportunity to practice skills with other members and receive support. Group is one of the most powerful ways to change behavior.

Women's Process Group:
Monday 7:00 - 8:30pm

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Tuesday 5:00 - 6:30pm
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Thursday 5:30 - 6:55pm

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Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. 

-Brian Tracy