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Forgive Yourself

We recently talked about how perfection in recovery is not attainable. In order to succeed in recovery, you’re going to have to work on forgiving yourself. Forgiving yourself doesn’t mean holding your breath and rushing through your troubles, then gasping for air when you can’t possibly push anymore.

Self-forgiveness is about love and acceptance. It’s about working through the hurt and pain and coming out better on the other side of it, not desperately panting for air because we held our breath for so long. Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you learn to forgive yourself. Continue reading for more information.

Self-Forgiveness Is Good for You

Forgiving yourself for a relapse takes the weight off of your shoulders. It gives the extra weight a place to go. It allows you to take a moment for yourself and breathe. White-knuckling it doesn’t help anyone. Forgiving yourself can ease the stress you’re feeling and help make you feel a little bit better. The better you feel, the more able you are to continue on the road to recovery.


Self-forgiveness is about showing yourself immense kindness. You deserve the kindness you’re showing others. Give it to yourself for a change. To forgive, you’re going to have to know that you are allowed to make mistakes. Your mistakes help you grow.

Psychologist Cheryl Rickman says to In The Moment magazine that, “When we live our lives through a lens of acceptance, tolerance, and compassion — both for ourselves and for other humans — we become stronger and better equipped to cope with and cherish life in all its occasionally brutal glory.” When we show ourselves kindness, we’re allowing ourselves to make mistakes if it means that we learn and grow from them.


Once you have gotten through a rather difficult moment, you must take time to reflect upon it. Self-reflection helps you confront your feelings so that you can get to the root of a problem. Getting to the root means getting closer to change. When you reflect on your emotions and experiences, you learn and grow from your mistakes. This can be done through feeling, navigating, and labeling your emotions and experiences.


“Understanding what is, and what isn’t, within your control helps build a resilient mindset.” Knowing your limits and what you control is key to your recovery. There are going to be things that are out of your control. You must learn how to accept the things you cannot control. This helps you focus on the things you can control, and make the most out of self-forgiveness.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you during your recovery. Call us today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you started today. Call now, you won’t be disappointed.