Step Five

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

"All of A.A.’s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires… they all deflate our egos. When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five.But scarcely any Step is more essential to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one."

Step Five is where we addicts get the lead out, both figuratively and literally. Having made a list of our defects of character in Step Four, and then checked it twice, we now unburden ourselves of their weight. This unburdening of course lightens our load, and enables us to start Stepping at a brisker and livelier pace.

Step Five isn’t as much about what we did (though there is that), but about what caused us to do what we did. It’s no secret that we behaved badly while in the throes of our addiction. But what were the underlying factors behind such bad behavior? Step Five is where we discover the secrets to our ill-being and become righted by their reveal.

Is taking this Step easy? Not even close. It takes summoning strengths we’ve neglected and surmounting obstacles we’d prefer to ignore. But summoning those strengths and surmounting those obstacles sets us up to adhere to Tradition Five.

Each group has but one primary purpose -- that is to carry this message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

While A.A. is comprised of individuals, it’s bound by unity of purpose. It is by united effort that we stay sober. And it is by united effort that we are best able to help our fellow alcoholics and addicts.

Our capacity has nothing to do with learning, eloquence or special individual skills. The only thing that matters is that we are alcoholics and addicts who have found a key to sobriety.” That and that alone entitles us to spread the good word, and spreading the good word in turn entitles us to stay sober.

Recovery Boot Camp’s Basic Training program compels all of our clients to be as relentlessly thorough with Step Five as they were in compiling Step Four. Because it is only through sheer thoroughness that we’ll find the key to helping ourselves, and in turn being able to help others.

Inspired by -- and taken from -- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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