Addiction recovery is a painful process on a physical, emotional, and psychological level. But, what about the hurt addiction causes in the form of harmful words or actions? Many times, relational damage inflicts as much stress as the addiction, itself.
Why Is Forgiveness an Important Part of Addiction Recovery?
Our credentialed addiction specialists encourage clients to practice forgiveness because it allows healing to occur on a deeper level, both physical and spiritual. It is difficult to experience freedom from addiction when you are still chained to past regrets and destructive emotions.
First, it is necessary to ask God to forgive you since he sent his one and only Son to the cross for all sins. After reconciling with God, you may need to forgive yourself. For many of our clients, this seems impossible. Remember that addiction is a human mistake and you are not perfect—but through Jesus’ death and resurrection, you are redeemed. Finally, it is essential to forgive and extend forgiveness to those you care about, including your spouse, children, family members, friends or co-workers.
How Do I Give & Receive Forgiveness?
Your therapist or pastor is a good source for wise counsel when it comes time to forgive and seek forgiveness. The process includes:
- Identifying the hurt. What happened? Who was hurt? How long ago was it?
- Determining how forgiveness can be extended or received. Sometimes, reaching out to those who hurt you or those were harmed by your addiction may not be possible. If this is the case, forgiveness should take place privately. If possible, humble yourself and reach out personally.
- LETTING IT GO! When forgiveness is received or given, it is time to let go of grudges and bitterness. While you cannot change the past, you can give up your role as victim and learn to see the situation from another’s point of view.
- Recognizing your humanness. You will sin and make mistakes again—but with time and healing, you can walk confidently into the new life that awaits you and allow full healing to take place.
At Christian Rehab Network, our philosophy targets the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Our addiction specialists are here to help with your insurance needs, and we specialize in providing affordable, faith-based treatment for drug and alcohol dependency. Help is available 24 hours a day by dialing 877.310.9545, and forgiveness is just one of the tenets we teach as you begin your journey toward health and freedom.