Regardless of how much time has passed since you were harmed or wronged by someone, it can be challenging to genuinely forgive. However, forgiveness is an integral part of addiction recovery, and being able to set aside past hurts is an important aspect of long-term treatment. The person holding a grudge is almost always the person most negatively affected by it, and that not being able to let go of old frustrations can lead to relapses. While it may take significant time and effort, and may require the help of a counselor trained in forgiveness, letting go of past hurts is critical for long-term sobriety.
Tonight, we talk about Forgiveness
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More often than not, lying is a habit for people because they fear the consequences of their actions and want to protect themselves. Lying is an unproductive coping tactic. It is normal to struggle with owning up to dishonesty, but the key is to acknowledge when it occurs as soon as possible. If not, you could struggle with feelings of guilt and put your sobriety in jeopardy.
In the context of addiction, forgiveness can be complicated. Addiction can be fueled by past abuse, trauma, and hurtful actions by others. It can feel threatening to forgive people who have harmed you in such detrimental ways. Many addicts also struggle to forgive themselves for past bad decisions. Holding onto such resentments can be toxic for a person in recovery, and therefore needs to be addressed with forgiveness.
What comes first to mind on this topic?
Do you forgive easily?
What kinds of things are easily forgiven for you?
What are difficult to forgive for you?
Why is forgiveness important in your recovery?
Why is withholding forgiveness a threat to sobriety for you?
Have you ever asked for forgiveness?
How is this related to Step 9 for you?
How are resentments and forgiveness related for you?
What is your reaction to the expression “Forgive and forget?”
How is forgiveness a strength for you?
How is forgiveness a weakness for you?
Can you forgive someone without saying the words to the person?
How can you forgive someone who had died?
Can you forgive someone you are still angry with?
How? Or Why not?
What part of the program helps you with forgiveness?
How is forgiveness spiritual for you?
What would you say to the new guy?
We asked our listeners about this topic.
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We asked our listeners,
“What are the benefits you get out of forgiveness?”
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What would be your answer?
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