Harboring Resentment: How it’s Harming Your Addiction Recovery

Achieving and maintaining an addiction recovery is one of the hardest things that recovering drug and alcohol addicts do.  This is the truth of the matter, it always has been, and it probably always will be.  A lot of people do not know this and they may not realize it right off the bat or ever, but maintaining sobriety is quite literally just as difficult as achieving it in the first place.  This is not an exaggeration by any means at all.  Literally, relapse is a very real thing and it happens quite often.

Drug and alcohol rehab statistics show to us day in and day out that the overall percentage of people who will relapse after a period recovery ranges anywhere from 50% to 90% depending on which rehab program they go to and, even more important than that, what steps they take after rehab is completed. This is without a doubt a frightening statistic and it is often used as a justification for those who wish to carry on with their addiction and substance abuse habit, though the truth of the matter is that the recovering addict is without a doubt 100% in control of his or her own future and all that goes into it.

One of the greatest factors that lead to a relapse is not engaging in a fulfilling enough of a recovery process.  According to the survey, the longer one spends in treatment and the more treatment one engages in, the better the odds are that one will stay clean and sober for life.  Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Recovering addicts who only engage in a short, quick, inpatient detox approach only have about a ten percent chance of staying sober for life.
  • Recovering addicts who only engage in a long, two-week detox only have about a twenty-five percent chance of staying clean and sober for life.
  • Recovering addicts who only engage in a detox approach and a short, residential rehab have about a fifty/fifty percent chance of staying clean and sober for life.
  • Recovering addicts who only engage in detox and a long-term rehab (three months or more of treatment) have a sixty to seventy percent chance of staying sober for life.
  • Recovering addicts who engage in detox, rehab, and aftercare stand the greatest chances of staying sober because they will receive ongoing care at an outpatient program (aftercare).  This approach is the most fulfilling, the most all-encompassing, and the most successful.  This approach provides an eighty to ninety percent chance at lifetime stability.

There are other factors that do go into a person’s stability in recovery, though it is pretty clear that one of the most important things that a person can do in the long run is to really work on themselves and to engage in aftercare and to be sure that they are stable in their recovery and in their sobriety.

How Resentment is NOT Conducive to Sobriety

All in all, there are a lot of different ways to focus on self-improvement and a new way of living in such a way that all promote a fair amount of good odds to achieve and maintain permanent and lifelong recovery and sobriety.  One of them is to not harbor resentment for anyone for anything.

Consider that your days of addiction are in the past now and that it is time to focus on life in a fresh and new mindset and perspective.  This is key and you really must do this.  If you focus on your new life without harboring any resentment for anyone you will be much happier in the long run.


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