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AA - Step 9
 


from 'Sober Transitions'


Step Nine "Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others."


After we have made the list of people we have harmed, have reflected carefully upon each instance, and have tried to possess ourselves of the right attitude in which to proceed, we will see that the making of direct amends divides those we should approach into several classes. There will be those who ought to be dealt with just as soon as we become reasonably confident that we can maintain our sobriety. There will be those to whom we can make only partial restitution, lest complete disclosures do them or others more harm than good. There will be other cases where action ought to be deferred, and still others in which by the very nature of the situation we shall never be able to make direct personal contact at all...


 At this first sitting, it is necessary only that we make a general admission of our defects. It may be unwise at this stage to rehash certain harrowing episodes. Good judgment will suggest that we ought to take our time. While we may be quite willing to reveal the very worst, we must be sure to remember that we cannot buy our own peace of mind at the expense of others...


 Much the same approach will apply at the office or factory. We shall at once think of a few people who know all about our drinking, and who have been most affected by it. But even in these cases, we may need to use a little more discretion than we did with the family. We may not want to say anything for several weeks, or longer. First we will wish to be reasonably certain that we are on the A.A. beam. Then we are ready to go to these people, to tell them what A.A. is, and what we are trying to do. Against this background we can freely admit the damage we have done and make our apologies. We can pay, or promise to pay, whatever obligations, financial or otherwise, we owe. The generous response of most people to such quiet sincerity will often astonish us. Even our severest and most justified critics will frequently meet us more than halfway on the first trial...


As soon as we begin to feel confident in our new way of life and have begun, by our behavior and example, to convince those about us that we are indeed changing for the better, it is usually safe to talk in complete frankness with those who have been seriously affected, even those who may be only a little or not at all aware of what we have done to them. The only exceptions we will make will be cases where our disclosure would cause actual harm. These conversations can begin in a casual or natural way. But if no such opportunity presents itself, at some point we will want to summon all our courage, head straight for the person concerned, and lay our cards on the table. We needn't wallow in excessive remorse before those we have harmed, but amends at this level should always be forthright and generous...


 There can only be one consideration which should qualify our desire for a complete disclosure of the damage we have done. That will arise in the occasional situation where to make a full revelation would seriously harm the one to whom we are making amends. Or--quite as important--other people. We cannot, for example, unload a detailed account of extramarital adventuring upon the shoulders of our unsuspecting wife or husband. And even in those cases where such a matter must be discussed, let's try to avoid harming third parties, whoever they may be. It does not lighten our burden when we recklessly make the crosses of others heavier...


Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are not delaying because we are afraid. For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.

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A.A. Step 9

My first Step 9 was long and it had alot of people on it. I did face to face amends with my Parent's, ex-husband and my only son. I did amends letters and mailed them to Relatives that I couldn't do face to face. Letters to those that I would never be able to mail or see I prayed over and kept in my Bible for many years. I felt so wonderful after my confession to all the people I had harmed or had a part in harming, or just was in a place of allowing myself to be harmed.

I am aware that this isn't program stuff but it is part of my Story so I like to put it in.
I became a Born Again Christian during my Sobriety because I had Seizures so I had some OTHER healing that GOD in his POWER worked a Miracle, through THe HOLY SPIRIT on HIS CHURCH ALTER 12 years ago.

Years later, I have had to work another 4th step, again with my Sponsor 2 years ago. I have to do regular housecleaning or I will get sick. Step 1 through Step 12, in that order can be and will be worked the rest of my life at different Seasons. I don't feel anything is wrong I am a SINNER saved by GRACE and I admit that I SIN and I AM NOT PERFECT. I am getting better.

I am still working Step 9 everyday when I make amends for my part in hurting someone. I have to learn to STOP and PRAY before I OPEN my BIG MOUTH. Or a lot of JUNK comes out of it, especially to my husband, who is a very quiet person, the opposite of me. I am not very good with Boundaries and OTHER PEOPLE yet. Especially Church Leaders.

Thaks,

Blessed



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