Tonmoy Sharma explains why recovering substance users need to evaluate the role of resentment in their substance use problem by reviewing the seven vices (commonly known as the seven deadly sins) – pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth – to identify what went wrong and take steps to correct it in a new article “Consumer Health Digest, On Love And Hatred: What To Choose To Defeat The Enemy Within You.”
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) perceived alcoholism as a spiritual disease and encouraged alcoholics in recovery to seek spiritual awakening. However, awakening alone is insufficient to maintain sobriety, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring are essential to avoid relapse.
Dr. Sharma encourages people in recovery to look at all elements of their lives and figure out how, when, and why their anxiety and resentment contributed to their need to use. When coping with irritations, a person should list the persons, institutions, or principles that are the source of resentment and stress.
Our self-esteem, relationships, and other factors are frequently the root culprits. Although confronting these unpleasant emotions might be frightening, it is an integral part of the healing process. The article encourages substance users to use the seven vices to help them find areas to make reasonable changes.
A person with substance abuse can deal with the dread, guilt, envy, and other feelings that undermine tranquility and psychological balance by studying each vice and understanding how it influenced their life while using.
Dr. Sharma concludes with this piece of advice: staying busily focused on positive characteristics leaves no time for vices, and the benefits are enormous. Practicing these and other qualities is crucial for persons in recovery to avoid relapse. Virtuous living also permits people to enjoy the gifts of life, love, and education that their Creator intended for them to have.
People do not need to be religious to recover from substance abuse, although Dr. Sharma believes that studying the seven deadly sins can be beneficial. The article provides practical advice on how to replace each ‘sin’ with one of the seven virtues—prudence (sound judgment), justice (fairness), faith (trust), fortitude (resilience), temperance (self-restraint), hope (anticipation), and charity (voluntary giving)—a novel approach for substance users who want to stay sober and healthy for the rest of their lives.