Feb 27, 2016
Step 8 is concerned with our personal relationships. It is an examination of how we have dealt with people in the past and, more specifically, how we have harmed them. This step is the basis for developing a more productive and satisfactory way of dealing with others. The AA 12 and 12 says that step 8 is the beginning of the end of isolation from our fellows and from God.
According to the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 and 12, steps 8 & 9 involved this process:
we take a look backward and try to discover where we had been at fault,
we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done, and
have a thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our new found knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.
This is a very large order.
What is the purpose of this step?
Have you ever put yourself on this list?