The Role of Unconditional Forgiveness in Recovery


Forgiveness feels like it’s out of your reach when you’re in recovery, especially when it involves forgiving yourself. Often aftercare treatment programs focus on getting other people to forgive you but completely sidestep the concept of self-forgiveness. It’s an absolute necessity if you want to stay on the path of sobriety, but how can find it?

Starting Over

Recovery and relapse prevention programs help you relearn the art of forgiveness. It’s easy to confuse accepting bad behavior with forgiveness. The truth is forgiveness is about reclaiming that power you gave up to your addiction. You must find unconditional forgiveness in yourself the way you hope others will forgive you.

Letting Go of the Bad to Let in the Good

That starts with recognizing that everyone has faults including you and that’s okay. Judging yourself based on those faults is not, though. Once you become aware of the never-ending judgment you use against yourself, you will learn to let go of that bad behavior to make room for positive change. You can also come to terms with your current reality and learn to move past the things that got you here in the first place.

Finding Self-Acceptance

Understanding your flaws helps you accept them at face value. Self-acceptance means letting go of the negative and defeating behaviors with the help of solid coping skills and inner reflection.

Self-acceptance and unconditional forgiveness bring with it better relationships and a feeling of wellbeing. It’s a gift you give yourself as you find a path that keeps you in recovery and away for challenges that tempt you back into a life that is full of hurt and disappointment.