Making Amends, by guest blogger, David Saffold

The following is my eighth entry in a series about the 12-step spiritual program of recovery.

Step 8:  “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”
Step 8 and 9 are combined in the literature and are found in Chapter 6 (Into Action), page 76, third paragraph through page 84, second paragraph of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  However, I will focus on Step 8 in this blog entry, which is, like Step 6 is to Step 7, a preparatory (willingness) step for Step 9.  “We have a list of all people we have harmed from Step 4.  Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past.  We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will.  If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes.  Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over our alcoholism (addiction).”