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Release Date: 10/15/2019

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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.

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For many AA members, they say they have discovered their higher power and form a better understanding of that power.

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Step Ten suggests that it's time we take responsibility for our actions and to promptly clean up our role in all matters.

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By making direct amends to the person harmed the temptation to skirt the issue because of embarrassment or pain is avoided.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For many, the physical and mental restoration that is worked towards in recovery is only half the battle; there’s often a lingering effect of guilt and shame that also must be worked through. Addiction in and of itself is a secretive disease – and along with it being portrayed as a “weakness” or a “failing,” it’s not surprising that many in recovery still struggle with shame, guilt and stigma.

Tonight, we talk about Guilt

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Many addicts start feeling more and more guilty when the fog starts to clear. As mental clarity returns, the reality of the mistakes you’ve made become clear. Knowing all the struggles your family and friends went through can cause addicts to feel a lot of shame. We don’t want you to feel guilt, we want to feel better.

Many of us blame our religious upbringing for our tendency to feel guilty. The recovered Podcast is not affiliated with any religion, so let’s not bring religion into this discussion tonight.

What comes first to mind on this topic?

What is Guilt?
Why is it dangerous?
What was it like handling negative emotions early in program?
Why is it important to “feel the feelings?”
How did the program help?

What were you actually guilty of when you came into the program?
Did you share these things at meetings?
What part of the program helped?

Were other people ashamed of you before program?
How did you know?
How did you cope with this early in program?
How did you forgive yourself?

For you, is the difference between guilt and shame for you?
Is knowing the difference helpful?

Have you ever been ashamed of yourself since program?
What character defect was in play that lead to this behavior?
How did you handle it?
How do you change your actions?
How can self care help? How do you practice self crare?

How does the stigma of alcoholism/addiction affect your feeling guilty?
Have you ever felt ashamed of someone else?
Is that bad for your program?

When is feeling guilty a good thing?
When is it a bad thing?
How are guilt and shame related?
How are they different?

What steps help? How can feeling guilty help in steps 8 and 9?
How can prayer help?
How can the fellowship help?
How can service work help?

What guilty feeling are you dealing with today?

What would you say to the new person about Guilt?
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We asked our listeners about this topic.

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We asked our listeners,
"What steps help you deal with the negative emotion of guilt?”

Did you take the survey?

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What would be your answer?
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What would you say to the new guy about Guilt?

So Remember; abandon yourself to God and admit your faults. Clear away the wreckage of your past and give freely. God bless and see you next time.