Resentments in Addiction

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For anyone who is struggling with addiction or who has a loved one who is addicted, resentments are intertwined with addiction.

What is a resentment? A resentment is not expressing the anger one feels and instead holding on to it. One gets angry due to not having a need met or having a boundary crossed. If one does not communicate this, it turns into a resentment.

If one does not deal with the resentment, the target of the resentment is not affected at all, instead the person holding the resentment suffers. The only person it hurts is the person harbouring the resentment.

In addiction, however, resentments become an excuse to use. One unconsciously searches for ways to repeat and relive the resentments in order to give one a reason to carry on using.

Dealing with resentments is imperative in order to recover.