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Dealing with Resentment in Recovery


Addicts & Resentment

There isn’t a definite method of overcoming resentment that’s guaranteed to work for everyone, there are however healthy and unhealthy methods. Unfortunately, for addicts that are holding onto resentment, it may be far more difficult for them to overcome their feelings of anger and resentment.

Letting go of resentment is vital to living a sober and happy life. Resentment causes individuals to avoid addressing their own emotions and feelings and harbour unresolved bitterness, which can eventually lead to a full-blown relapse if not overcome.

Letting Go of Resentment: Acknowledgement

Addicts in active addiction tend to ignore and avoid their anger and resentment by medicating with substances, which only continues the harmful addiction cycle. The first step of the letting go process is to acknowledge the root cause of the resentment and what caused those feelings of hurt and anger. When individuals allow their feelings to take control, they allow the resentment to continue its destructive path.

Practice Mindfulness & Relaxation

A powerful factor of mindfulness is that it helps individuals be in the present moment and process their current feelings while coming to terms with them. Practising mindfulness on a regular basis introduces the awareness of thoughts and emotions without actually engaging in them. Moreover, mindfulness cultivates positive feelings through healthy meditation.

Turning Resentment Into Gratitude

Resentment often creates a barrier between perceiving experiences and the positive aspects of life. When you are grateful and appreciative of even the simple things in your life, you are more prone to thoughts of positivity and positive behaviours, which encourages sober living and recovery.

Identify Your Contribution to The Resentful Situation

When emotions of anger and resentment take control, judgement becomes cloudy and it can become easy to slip into the mentality of placing blame on others while in fact, you may have also contributed to the situation at hand. When avoiding responsibility for behaviour or actions, you falsely portray yourself as powerless and not capable of changing. Misplacing blame only causes avoidance and for the root problem to continue.

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