Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 1 we no longer are in denial and have admitted that our lives were unmanageable, we realize now that we couldn't control alcohol, it was controlling us.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 2 we found our own Higher Power that we pull our hope, strength, and courage from to help us restore our sanity.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 3 we have made the decision to bring our Higher Power into our lives to guide us through our daily life with our thoughts and actions now.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 4 we are taking a good honest look at ourselves finding defects in our character that aren't always easy to accept. It's important for us to uncover the truth about ourselves, who we really are, our fears, beliefs, faults and behaviors. It's important to know what our defects are and why in order to change them.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 5 admitting our defects and shortcomings to ourselves including our Higher Power and another human being wasn't easy but after we did, the denial we hid behind was gone. Skipping this step or half doing this step is a mistake and can make a huge difference in a person's sobriety.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 6 we realize now that we couldn't let go of our shortcomings and flaws on our own, we are fully ready and have prepared ourselves to let our Higher Power remove them.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 7 we now understand ourselves much better, what our shortcomings and defects are and humbly as our Higher Power to remove them.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 8 we made a list of everyone in our lives that we hurt by our actions and behaviors and are now willing to make amends everyone.
With Alcoholics Anonymous Step 9 we make amends to people we have harmed in person when possible apologizing for the hurt we have caused. Sometimes this also includes paying back past debts if need be.
Alcoholics Anonymous Step 10
We have cleaned up a lot of baggage from the past caused from our selfish thinking and behaviors and made amends and apologized to people we had hurt. In order for us to continue to achieve a healthy sobriety we can't stop being mindful of our thoughts and actions now. It's important that we continue to be honest with ourselves every day and to pay attention to our actions and behaviors. We need to be aware of our past dishonesty and selfish behaviors and if we see ourselves repeating them, we need to admit them to ourselves immediately and then take responsibility and apologize.
We now understand that in the past many of our character defects like anger, jealousy, control, and dishonesty led us to drink and hurt others at the same time. Unless we continue to stay mindful of our actions and behaviors it would be easy to slip back and we've worked too hard for that. It's good practice now to take moral inventory at the end of each day making sure past behaviors aren't being repeated. We all make mistakes but when we own up to them and take responsibility for our actions we stop hurting others as well as ourselves.