Addiction takes normally-healthy relationships and turns them on their heads. You may feel angry and resentful to your family members for not supporting your life choices. Family members may feel hurt because you may have stolen or lied to them in the past. It’s vital to address these issues as you seek treatment for your addiction. Family therapy can help you attain some peace and balance in your relationships. However, at times, it may be necessary to add forgiveness therapy to your treatment plan. If you’re wondering if a forgiveness therapy program can support your long-term recovery, reach out to Bonfire Behavioral Health today at 603.617.4815.
What Is Forgiveness Therapy?
Many people learn about the importance of forgiveness in life. For some, it may be part of your religious beliefs, while for others, it is something that you learned as a child. However, like many concepts we learn as children, forgiving those who have hurt you may be easier said than done. You have had to deal with someone who has hurt you or betrayed you. You may continue to harbor feelings of anger, betrayal, or bitterness. In some cases, you may have turned to drug or alcohol use to cope.
Unfortunately, as you continue to use substances, you may have lost yourself due to addiction. You find yourself hurting the people you love as you lose the ability to control your drug or alcohol use. It’s critical to begin addressing feelings of anger and resentment as you start to heal. Then, you can begin forgiving yourself and the people you have hurt you and seek forgiveness from those you have hurt.
Forgiveness isn’t an act that only benefits the person who wronged you. In fact, it is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. Forgiveness offers you freedom, self-healing, and empowerment to move into the future. When you choose not to forgive someone, you spend a significant amount of your energy being bitter about the past. You lose sleep over these hurts, have flashbacks, and waste time thinking about these past hurts. When you engage in a forgiveness addiction treatment therapy program, you can let go of the past and move into the future.
What Does a Forgiveness Therapy Program Involve?
When you engage in a forgiveness therapy program, you should expect three things to happen. First, you will gain a fairer understanding of the person who hurt you and the event. This understanding will allow you to decrease the painful feelings towards that person, possibly giving way to compassion. You will also have the chance to give up the right to punish the person or demand restitution for the pain.
Many people believe that forgiving the people who have hurt them will make people see them as weak or that it gives the person a free pass. However, we recognize that it takes strength and courage to forgive the people who have hurt you. It’s challenging to let go of the pain, seek peace, and move forward past the pain. It may be necessary to repeatedly forgive the person. However, with the help of forgiveness therapy, you can make this goal a reality.
Reach Out to Bonfire Behavioral Health
We won’t lie: addiction treatment won’t be all holding hands, roasting smores, and singing kumbaya. It will be challenging, but it’s a challenge we’re willing to help you meet. We will evaluate your needs and determine whether you require forgiveness therapy to assist in the healing process. We may also recommend a range of other treatments, such as:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy program
- Forgiveness therapy
- Relapse prevention therapy
- Group therapy program
- Trauma therapy program
Don’t let yesterday’s pain keep you from tomorrow’s victory. Learn how a forgiveness therapy program can help you along the recovery journey by calling Bonfire Behavioral Health today at 603.617.4815.