Step 9 of Narcotics
acquiring willingness to make the necessary amends from our list in Step 8
of NA, we are now prepared for the action Step. In Step 9 of NA, we make
amends to all persons we had harmed, with the exception of injuring others
or ourselves. The objective of this Step is to repair the damages of our
past wrongs. It should be our intention to resolve the disturbances that
we encounter. This act of restoration will eliminate our regretful
feelings. The faults of our past are now brought to light for the healing
process to take place. No longer does shame and dishonor have to inhibit
our forward growth.
We should approach our
amends with a confident and assured attitude because we deserve the many
rewards to come. We ought to take our time while making our amends. We
are on our way to a sense of “normality.” We become excited with our
progress, and our conscience becomes cleansed of remorse and guilt.
We will experience various
feelings as we start making amends. We may feel comfortable with some
amends, and fearful of others. If we face our amends anticipating refusal
or reprisal, then this experience won’t be of benefit to us. We may be
fearful, but it should always be our intention to be prepared for whatever
outcome may result – fearlessly. A lot of our amends may never be totally
completed; however, we should strive with an attempt at complete
restoration. With our relationships, we must exert vigor on a continual
basis to better improve them; only then will many of our amends really
Many members in the
Fellowship are not able to repair each and every one or our wrongs. We do
have added support from our sponsors, from supporters of our recovery, and
from the love of our Higher Power to safeguard us from potential ruinous
fallouts. In actuality, we still grow through the course of action, and
in the end, we become grateful that we made the amends. We always wear
the shield that our Higher Power equips us with, in which we can make use
of at any point in time during our amends process.
This act of making amends
is one of humility, and it’s rewarding for many reasons. We learn to act
with love and respect in our relationships, and in dealings with other
people. We become much less self-seeking in nature, and start to become
attentive and care about other people’s feelings. Our behavior is
uncovering itself, giving us an added occasion to further reinforce our
values and personality. We get to start working on our behaviors with
other people, which give us an opportune time to reinforce our newfound
sincerity, trustworthiness, and reliability. Good times begin to
overshadow the downbeat occurrences of our past. Now we get the
opportunity to work on ourselves, and also with family and friends, the
Fellowship, and society as a whole. Stability is therefore established in
our lives. We are now obtaining the moral framework vital for a life of
achievement and fulfillment.
Through making our amends,
a great amount of spiritual growth shines forth. We start to view our
circumstances and lives differently, while becoming aware of our
wrongdoings. We admit our faults that bring us a lasting harmony. We
become less self-absorbed. This Step has tremendous impact on our
spiritual quest. We learn humbleness, and to be openly straightforward.
We become released from the chains that confined us to our wrongs.
Freedom results, and we have at last concluded another crucial aspect in
The tools that we’ve gained
while working the Steps have given us hope, strength, and the knowledge
necessary to live a blissful, thriving existence. Our entire moral
filament has intensified into one of integrity and virtuous values. We
can now live uninhibited by the failures and impurities of our past. A
whole alteration of disposition has occurred. We’ve learned the key
principles necessary to stay on the right track leading to personal
advancement, positive change, enhanced alertness, and spiritual
I’ve personally learned
through this Step working experience that once my mind becomes clarified,
inspired, and optimistically ambitious, then I can bravely initiate the
process of indisputable personal victory. By surrendering my will to the
Divine Essence, I acquire might and courage – the vital ingredients to
reclaim self-confidence, sense of worth, and the motivating force needed
to escalate beyond restricting horizons. I can now distinguish my true,
unconstrained essence within; and by following my new inner voice, while
seeking the strength of my Higher Power, I can lock onto true
understanding, thereby becoming able to achieve success.
Through the process of Step
9, we release the binding agents that hinder true personal growth. We
purge ourselves of further harmful elements that could restrict our
advancement. We are on our way to a life bursting of endless
opportunities, and we’ve acquired the fundamental skills needed to achieve
victory in all aspects of our lives. We now utilize the Spiritual
Principles that we’ve learned, while remaining confident in their ability
to assist us in our daily affairs. We become appreciative of all the
awareness, strength, and knowledge that we’ve thus far attained while
working the 12 Steps. Thank you, my name is Terry, and I am an addict.
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