To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.
To get started with Step 5, you must first select the person (or people) with whom you will share your Step 4 inventories. As you do this, remember that some of the information you divulge, for various reasons, should not become public knowledge. Thus, the person you choose should be someone you trust. Usually, this person is going to be your 12-step sponsor, which makes a lot of sense since this is the individual most directly involved in your recovery and your journey toward long-term sexual sobriety and happiness. Your sponsor is also a person who understands what the steps are about and values the confidential nature of a Step 5 disclosure. If you want to work Step 5 with a person other than your sponsor, then a clergy member, a therapist, or even a trusted friend will do just fine.
Task for Today
Make a list of at least five people you trust to always look out for you.