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12 Step Alcoholism Recovery Program: Step 5

We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, Retreat at Lancaster County will be providing tips on alcoholism recovery and prevention throughout the month of April.

Step four in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Program focused on soul searching to identify the wrongs you have committed. Without this self-awareness and the understanding of yourself as a whole, with the good and bad parts, you cannot set aside these wrongs to move on without alcohol. Step 5, then, is the next step in setting aside your wrongs. It can be humiliating and uncomfortable to share the nature of your wrong doings with another human being, and it is certainly easier to just keep these details to yourself. But without sharing this step with another person, one who cares about you and is willing to support you, you cannot clear the air and start fresh.

Step five can be the most challenging step in the recovery process, but it’s necessary to lay out your wrongs before another human being in order to let them go and free yourself from past mistakes. The relief you will feel after sharing the details of your past life, even the gruesome, humiliating details, is essential to feeling free from the burden of alcoholism. Admitting this to yourself is the first step in the process, but without sharing with another person it can become too easy to bury your wrongs under denial rather than dealing with them head one. Speaking out loud about them will help you to deal with them and, ultimately, move on. You can then work on becoming a better person, one who does not need alcohol to survive or cope. The three pronged approach to this step is important: admit your wrongs to yourself, to God and to another person.

To begin your drug or alcohol addiction rehab treatment and recovery at Retreat now, please call us for more information or immediate travel arrangements to our Lancaster, PA location or from surrounding areas in DE, MD, DC, NJ, NY, and other parts of Pennsylvania including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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