Category Archive: The Steps

Sep 30

The Steps Relating To Grief

Grief is an extreme course in learning to let go.  It can have many sources and many expressions but the one thing most forms of grieving seem to have in common is pain.  There are a lot of emotions involved in experiencing loss and most of those emotions are normal and healthy reactions that must …

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Sep 05

Holistic Recovery Is Everything

Exploring options for creating healthy habits and their affect on emotional healing is the purpose of and every blog post.  Here the term holistic recovery applies to everyone who struggles with emotional difficulties.  This includes conditions that may or may not be related to addiction and circumstances that range anywhere from daily stress to …

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Aug 21

Carrying the Message

Step Twelve… and then you may hear people say that they have finished the Steps but this is far from true. This is just the beginning.  There is an entire chapter in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous devoted to the Twelfth Step.  It is the summing up of all that we have done so …

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Jul 24

Conscious Contact

In Step Ten we made a commitment to continuing the process of self examination on a daily basis.  In Step Eleven we devote ourselves to the constant and lifelong practice of connecting with our Higher Power.  This devotion to a Spirit filled life is the key to healing that lasts. “Sought through prayer and meditation …

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Jul 15

Staying Accountable

By the time we reach the Tenth Step we have begun to understand the true importance of admitting and then taking responsibility for the state of our affairs.  Our efforts this far have already shown us what honesty and humility can achieve and we have made significant progress toward repairing the damage done to ourselves …

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Jul 03

Making Amends

Step Nine requires humility and courage.  We are prepared though, if we have worked the previous steps thoroughly we are ready.  We take our list in hand, we swallow our pride and we begin the important business of rebuilding our lives. “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would …

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Jun 25

Amends List

Now we sit down to take a hard look at the inventory we made in the Fourth Step.  We “redouble our efforts” and make one more list.  In the Eighth Step we prepare to set things right.  We make our list and become willing to make amends to all those we have harmed in the …

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Jun 18

Ready and Humble

Steps Six and Seven are often lumped together in recovery literature for good reason but it’s important to remember that they are still two very distinctly separate steps.  We must find the readiness of the Sixth Step to truly humble ourselves in the Seventh. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of …

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Jun 11


Confession really is good for the soul.  It marks the end of living in denial and underscores our commitment to living in truth.  In the Fifth Step we confess the results of our thorough moral inventory.  We now examine what we have written and find the courage to admit the exact nature of our wrongs. …

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Jun 02

Taking Inventory

The Fourth Step is the immediate action that needs to be taken upon completion of first three steps.  It takes courage and rigorous honesty for it to be of any use to us but the information we gain in this step will serve us well as we move forward. “Made a searching and fearless moral …

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