Release Resentment to Accelerate Recovery

Release resentment in order to accelerate your recovery efforts. It is one of the most common issues among people

with addictions that we have to work through on many fronts. The illness fills us with thought distortions that blame others instead of supporting self-responsibility and empowerment. Dealing with our tendency to hold resentments and carry grudges can relieve us of many burdens. Resentment weighs us down, shuts us down and cuts us off from reality and growth. It also causes us to have misunderstandings and misperceptions about how life and relationships work. In a word, resentments are self-sabotaging.

Some Reflections on Resentment

Below are some reflections on resentment that may help you better understand resentment, how it is at work in your life and how you may cope with it in a healthy way:

  • “Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.”― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
  • “I think resentment is when you take the poison and wait for the other person to die”― M.T., A Sponsorship Guide for 12-Step Programs
  • “Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends.”
    ― Mike Norton, Just Another War Story
  • “At the heart of all anger, all grudges, and all resentment, you’ll always find a fear that hopes to stay anonymous.”― Donald L. Hicks, Look into the Stillness
  • “The difference between real acceptance and just backing away from an issue, or away from the whole relationship, is resentment.”― Terrence Real, How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women
  • “It is only when we feel deprived that we resent giving to others.”― Beverly Engel, The Right to Innocence
  • “Anger is the fuel of resentment which can burn for a lifetime.”― Debasish Mridha
  • “The elimination diet:
    Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame, and worry.
    Then watch your health, and life, improve.”― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life
  • “…frankly, many times, the people that we resent either have no idea about it or could care less.”― Taite Adams, E-Go: Ego Distancing Through Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, and the Language of Love
  • “Bitterness and resentment are a bottomless well. They can only be healed by the phenomenon of someone else’s sorrow rising to your level of pain… it never happens – save yourself endless hurt.”― Steve Maraboli