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How to Give Back on Mother’s Day

 

Mothers are the nurturers of nations and the cornerstones of kingdoms. For generations they have been overburdened and underappreciated. Only one day of the entire year is designated to honor them and all they have done for us. But how many times have we addicts neglected even this special day in pursuit of drugs, parties, etc.? When it comes to the suffering addict’s loved ones, no one suffers or worries more than the mother. It’s time for us to do something special for them, not just for them but for ourselves as part of our own recovery.

Part of becoming a well-adjusted individual is developing high self-esteem. But how can we respect ourselves if we don’t pay respect to where we came from? That’s right! Psychologists say that signs of a healthy self-esteem come from good relationships with our parents, especially our mothers.

Not only are there psychological benefits that come from celebrating our mothers on Mother’s Day, but also scientists have discovered a specific neurotransmitter in our brain that is linked to the mother-child bond. This neurotransmitter, known as oxytocin, has recently been under constant studies and has been shown to actually aid in both physical and mental substance addiction. Oxytocin is released into the brain and body when you come into physical skin-on-skin contact with the ones you love and is especially strong with mothers and their children, so this year, do yourself a favor and give your mom a hug and reap the physiological benefits.

Reunion with our family and reconciliation with our past is essential for inner growth and ultimately one of the biggest factors responsible for personal change. Old habits are hard to break, because they’ve been a part of our lifestyle since our younger days. One way to break ourselves out of timeworn patterns is to remake and rebuild the broken relationships of our past that may or may not be a factor in our current personality. Mother’s Day is a perfect opportunity for some of that change to occur, but it’s up to you addicts to take the initiative on making that happen.

So how do you go about making your mom feel special? If you need some help coming up with ideas, here’s a short list of ways to make her feel special:

  • Handwrite a poem for her
  • Buy or pick her a bouquet of flowers
  • Make her breakfast in bed
  • Take her to her favorite brunch restaurant
  • Create a scavenger hunt for her full of heartfelt notes
  • Make a basket of her favorite things (lotions, perfumes, jewelry)
  • Give her the Queen’s treatment: do all of the household chores and make sure she doesn’t have to lift a finger

 

Mothers are very special people and often don’t receive the praise they deserve. Although it shouldn’t have to take a once-a-year holiday to finally show them our appreciation, it is indeed a perfect opportunity for us to do so.

 

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Filed under: Holidays, Love and Relationships, Recovery · Tags: inner growth, Mother's Day, oxytocin, parent-child relationships, personal change, Recovery, Self-esteem, substance addiction