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AA Step 9 | How to Make Amends to People You’ve Harmed

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In AA step 9 says we, “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” In AA step 9 is humbling, and it’s hard, but thankfully, if we’ve worked through Step 8 with our sponsor, then we’re prepared. Step 8 is when we make our list and write down all the people we are or aren’t… 

AA Step 8 | How to Make Your 8th Step List

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In AA step 8 is, “Made a list of all people we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” What scares most people is step 9—the actual making of the amends—and they usually let that fear keep them from doing the writing that step 8 requires. Remember—you’re not doing step 9 when you get to step 8. You’re just writing. It’s… 

How 12 Step Programs Work

12 step programs work by connecting you to a power greater than yourself that, supposedly, stops whatever behavior you went into the program to stop. This can include: Alcoholism Drug addiction Codependency Overeating Smoking Sex addiction Gambling addiction There are hundreds of 12 step programs, all of which work the same way. You work through all 12 steps, and as you do, you unburden yourself… 

What Is Recovery? The Definition of Recovery and Sobriety

Many of those afflicted with addiction might be wondering what the definition of recovery really is. The same applies to families and friends who watch those around them overcome their addictions and seemingly adapt to living what some consider a “normal” life. What is important to understand is that these are two distinctly different things from different perspectives. If you are struggling with addiction, or…