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In this step, we admit to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of the wrongs we have committed as the result of our character defects. It is one thing to admit these wrongs and defects secretly to ourselves and quite another to write them down on paper and see them in black and white. It is still humbling to admit them to another human being. That final admission makes them more real and more painful to us, while, at the same time, removes some of their power.
Step five is another action Step and ego-deflating experience. The AA Twelve and Twelve tells us that “scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.” Although all of the Twelve Steps deflate our ego,, “when it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five.”
What was your understanding of this step early in your program?
What is it now?
How long did it take for you to first attempt your Fifth step?
How long did it take once you started?
What were some of the barriers to you starting the Fifth Step?
What were some of the barriers to completing your Fifth Step?
What is Ego deflation is relation to Step 5 and how does that help in your recovery?
What is rigorous honesty and why is that important to you?
When you took your Fifth Step, what were that patterns of your behavior?
What part of your character did you want to change?
How did you choose who heard your Step 5?
What qualities did you want?
What are the objectives of Step 5 for you?
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Did you see a relationship between your wreckage of the past and your character defects?
Did you identify behaviors of your past that you wanted to put in the past and start clean?
What about guilt and remorse, did you experience this? Did Step 5 help make this a positive?
What about forgiveness, did you feel this for others? Yourself?
Did this Step help you become free of the past? How?
What would you say to the new guy about step 5?