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12 Step Program for Alcoholism Recovery: Step 8

We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

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

Alcoholism destroys lives, families, friendships and relationships. Your actions while under the control of alcoholism did significant damage to those around you. Step eight gives you an opportunity to make things right with the people you love or once loved. In step four, you took a moral inventory of all your past wrongs and character flaws. In this step it’s time to identify who you have hurt as a result of these wrongs and character flaws, and the nature of the hurt you caused. Step eight is the beginning of making amends with those you have wronged in order to be able to let go of the past and start moving forward in a healthy way.

Think of step eight as a housecleaning for the people in your life. Your family creates the foundation of your house; you should start there. Your friends fill in the rooms and may change as time goes on, but they are still an important part of your being and your life. Make things right with friends past and present. Your acquaintances, co workers and others are not less important for the purpose of this step, but you may find it easier to address them after you have made amends with friends and family. Step eight encourages you to knock down some walls in your house, acknowledge the harmful behavior of your past and start to rebuild those relationships into something healthier and more positive. Good relationships are built to last, and by starting over with friends and family you can surround yourself with people who support your recovery and long term sobriety.

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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