“We Admitted to God, to Ourselves, and to Another Human Being, the Exact Nature of our Wrongs”
Read Step Five out of “The Basic Text” until you go over Step Four with your counselor. Read Step Five out of “It Works, How and Why”. Write down your definition of each word in the step, then look up each word individually (in a good dictionary), and write down what you learn about what you thought the word meant, and what the dictionary says it means.
WRITE WHAT EACH PART MEANS TO YOU:
• We Admitted;
• To God;
• To Ourselves;
• And to Another Human Being;
• The Exact Nature of;
• Our Wrongs;
Make a Date With Your Counselor and With GOD, to Finish This Step.
The purpose of this worksheet is to prepare you for your Fifth Step. Once you have done your Fourth Step, do not look at it. Put it away until you have sat down with your counselor. Many addicts put off doing the Fifth Step because of fear. We have this feeling of fear, because we do not understand the Fifth Step.
The reason we are doing the Fifth Step is to have someone help us to know ourselves, and to give us direction based on his or her experience in working the program of recovery. It is quite normal to want to isolate, and say that we can do it alone. Each time we do that, though, we get ourselves in trouble. Remember, the Second Step tells us to do things differently if we want a different outcome. We must reach out in trust, to be delivered from the insanity of isolation.
The purpose of sharing your Fifth Step with another person, and your Higher Power, is not to judge you, but to help you know yourself. To guides you in the areas that you may need help in. Two of the most important qualities that you will receive from doing the Fifth Step are open-mindedness and willingness. You will receive the spiritual awakening that you are not unique and/or different. You will find that by sharing your inventory with another addict, that they have experienced everything that you have, either physically or emotionally. The people, places, events, and circumstances may be different, but the feelings are the same. After doing this step, you will have a better understanding of the “We” in this program. Now is the time to go forward, to pray to the Higher Power of your understanding, and set a time to sit with your counselor to do your Fifth Step.
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ON A SHEET OF PAPER, AND RETURN IT TO YOUR COUNSELOR.
• Why is it necessary to do the Fifth Step?
• Write about the Gift you will receive in your recovery from doing a Fifth Step.
• What type of spiritual awakening will you receive from the Fifth Step?
• What spiritual awakening did you have as a result of this step?