Alcoholics and Resentment

“Resentment is the number one offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stems all forms of spiritual disease for we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritually malady is overcome we straighten out mentally and physically.” – How It Works pg. 64 from The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Resentments are bitter indignation’s at having been treated unfairly. Resentments can either be real or imagined, for example it can be based off of an event that actually happened, or it can be based off of thoughts that we have involving other people’s actions and our interpretation of their actions which may or may not be accurate. Both situations can lead us to the boiling point if we hang onto the anger, fear, and hurt or if we don’t change our behavior or do inventory around it. An affordable rehab, AA, and a 30 day rehab can help with giving you the tools you need to deal with resentment as well as alcohol addiction help. There are negative and positive resentments the above mentioned are examples of negative resentments. Examples of resentments being a positive thing are when they motivate us to make positive changes or when they keep us sober because of pride/ego this is not necessarily a healthy place to stay in and there is still work/inventory to be done; nevertheless, it can be beneficial. Resentments have the power to destroy alcoholics or to force them into making good/healthy life changing decisions. At the end of the day it is our choice what we do with them.