Working Step Five

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Addiction helps you keep secrets. Recovery helps you own them.

After we’ve completed our fourth step inventories, many of us find ourselves feeling lower than low and more alone than ever. Deeply ashamed of the things we’ve done, we might think we’re the worst person on earth. And now, with step five, we’re supposed to share the exact nature of our wrongs with God, ourselves, and another person. Most of us would rather eat dirt. Now some truth: If we do not work step five with complete and total honesty, our risk for relapse increases significantly.

Just for Today
I will look at any secrets I am keeping, and I will ask myself why.