Forgiveness - Recovered 1032
Release Date: 10/02/2019
If nobody was doing any 12th-step work, the program would simply cease to exist. Without the service work of those who came before, no members would be here now.info_outline Step 11 - Recovered 1119
For many AA members, they say they have discovered their higher power and form a better understanding of that power.info_outline Step 10 - Recovered 1117
Step Ten suggests that it's time we take responsibility for our actions and to promptly clean up our role in all matters.info_outline Step 9 - Recovered 1115
By making direct amends to the person harmed the temptation to skirt the issue because of embarrassment or pain is avoided.info_outline Step 8 - Recovered 1113
Making the list is one thing. Become willing to actually make amends to those harmed is another. It can be a very humbling, but growing experience, to actually admit wrong-doing, especially to the person harmed. But the process can relieve those trying to recover from so much guilt!info_outline Step 7 - Recovered 1111
We have taken the very difficult moral inventory and admitted to our wrongdoings to ourselves, our higher power and to another human being. It’s now time to remove those wrongdoings from our everyday lives and we need help to ensure that we completely remove our shortcomings and don’t continue to fall victim to any of addiction’s ill effects.info_outline Step 6 - Recovered 1109
The sixth step can bring about significant and very noticeable change when it comes to the thought patterns and behavior that have been with us for a long time. It doesn’t happen overnight obviously, and there is nothing like perfection when working the twelve steps of AA. It’s about making a commitment and being content with patient improvement.info_outline Step 5 - Recovered 1107
Step Four has prepared you for step five, and by finding the courage to overcome that fear of rejection or the shame of your inventory, you experience honesty on a deeper level than in your first step of admission, and you break the pattern of denial that often plagues those suffering with alcoholism.info_outline Step 4 - Recovered 1105
While working on our step inventories we get a new perspective on the bigger picture, on patterns, selfishness, our responsibility in situations and in this process we are building up an accurate self-appraisal with true self-worth as the reward.info_outline Step 3 - Recovered 1103
When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving with the exclusion of any consideration for others, focusing only on what we want and ignoring the needs and feelings of others. While we were busy pursuing these impulses, we mostly left a path of destruction behind us, and we definitely lost touch with our conscience and a Higher Power.info_outline
Regardless of how much time has passed since you were harmed or wronged by someone, it can be challenging to genuinely forgive. However, forgiveness is an integral part of addiction recovery, and being able to set aside past hurts is an important aspect of long-term treatment. The person holding a grudge is almost always the person most negatively affected by it, and that not being able to let go of old frustrations can lead to relapses. While it may take significant time and effort, and may require the help of a counselor trained in forgiveness, letting go of past hurts is critical for long-term sobriety.
Tonight, we talk about Forgiveness
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More often than not, lying is a habit for people because they fear the consequences of their actions and want to protect themselves. Lying is an unproductive coping tactic. It is normal to struggle with owning up to dishonesty, but the key is to acknowledge when it occurs as soon as possible. If not, you could struggle with feelings of guilt and put your sobriety in jeopardy.
In the context of addiction, forgiveness can be complicated. Addiction can be fueled by past abuse, trauma, and hurtful actions by others. It can feel threatening to forgive people who have harmed you in such detrimental ways. Many addicts also struggle to forgive themselves for past bad decisions. Holding onto such resentments can be toxic for a person in recovery, and therefore needs to be addressed with forgiveness.
What comes first to mind on this topic?
Do you forgive easily?
What kinds of things are easily forgiven for you?
What are difficult to forgive for you?
Why is forgiveness important in your recovery?
Why is withholding forgiveness a threat to sobriety for you?
Have you ever asked for forgiveness?
How is this related to Step 9 for you?
How are resentments and forgiveness related for you?
What is your reaction to the expression “Forgive and forget?”
How is forgiveness a strength for you?
How is forgiveness a weakness for you?
Can you forgive someone without saying the words to the person?
How can you forgive someone who had died?
Can you forgive someone you are still angry with?
How? Or Why not?
What part of the program helps you with forgiveness?
How is forgiveness spiritual for you?
What would you say to the new guy?
We asked our listeners about this topic.
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