Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.
I have always felt that resentment was not my “number one” offender. I think, for me, it’s been fear, and a kind of resentment turned inward. I see resentment and fear and part of the same thing. I do experience resentments though, for sure. Just not quite as often as fear.
This quote, from page 64 of the Big Book, precedes the fourth step inventory. It’s saying to me that if I can dig out my character defects, I can stay sober and live well. And from where I sit, with 34 years of sobriety, I can stay sober, and I do…
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