The Steps are the basis for the Program, they are not to be read and forgotten, they are to be used in the day to day life of recovery that I choose to live.  Step One is always about honesty, accepting my disease and the fact of my unmanageable life.  Step Two reminds me that I am no longer alone in my struggles, there is a power greater than my very best attempts.  Step Three acknowledges my Higher Power, and reminds me that my life is now in the hands of the Master.  Steps Four and Five are about coming face to face with my worst behaviors, which includes my lack of principles and morals as the result of my drinking.  They are closely connected and require an integrity new to me.  Steps Six and Seven deal with my shortcomings and my willingness to have God remove them.  Practicing humility in all areas is a good idea when attempting to rid myself of these defects of character.  I have to claim them in order to “work” on them.  That brings me to Steps Eight and Nine – whereby I deal with my amends to others, and to myself.  I can say “I’m sorry” but amends in the Program is more than mere words. To be continued….

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