While forgiveness appears to be directly associated with treatment outcomes for alcohol problems, it may have indirect effects through mental health symptoms. We examined multiple dimensions of forgiveness: of self (ForSelf), of others (ForOthers), and by God (ByGod). Both ForSelf and ForOthers were strongly related to mental health at baseline (N = 157), whereas at 6 months, ForSelf was strongly related to mental health (N = 126). Longitudinally, baseline ForOthers predicted 6-month mental health symptoms. Forgiving oneself and others has implications for the mental health of alcoholics entering treatment.
- Alcohol problems
- Mental health