What Are the 12 Steps All About: Part 2

If you tuned in a few weeks ago, you’ll remember that we talked a little more in depth about what each of the 12 steps of recovery are all about. We started out with the first four steps of recovery and today we’ll check out steps five through eight. Let’s dive in!

Step 5: "Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."

This can be one of the most humbling of steps, showing true dedication and commitment to yourself, to recovery, and to submitting to a higher power. As if it’s not tough enough to admit to yourself the nature of your wrongs, you’ve got to tell someone else about it too. In true fashion of the giving and receiving you’ll get through AA (or NA) you’ll benefit both ways from this step.

Step 6: "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."

Part of excepting God into your life and committing yourself to recovery means being brave enough to let God intervene and help remove the defects from your character as you grow and move forward in a positive direction.

Step 7: "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."

Keeping on with this streak, we ask that God remove our shortcomings. People in this step of recovery are urged to embrace humility as they seek happiness in their sober lives. In our modern world, this step is a tough sell as humility is sometimes seen as a weakness. Individuals working on the 7th step are urged to push past this notion for their own benefit.

Step 8: "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all."

A big part of this step is to remember not to limit yourself. Take a deeper look at only yourself, not the faults of others. Honor and be true to yourself and your recovery by being open and honest about your faults and how your actions may have harmed others while avoiding judgements.

N.D. “The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous”. Hazelden Betty Ford. (website). 2018

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