Step 5 and Following the Order of Admission (God, Yourself and then Someone Else)

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Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

The 12 step program that supports addiction recovery is a process that enables an individual to make peace with God, himself or herself, and others.

While the 12 step process is not necessarily an approach that might work for all addicts in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, this systematic approach can be an invaluable tool for countless individuals who are seeking freedom from the bondage of addiction.

Each Step Is a Building Block

While each step in the 12 step process offers a recovery addict invaluable insight and tools for breaking the stronghold of addiction, each step in itself is a building block upon which a foundation for recovery and sobriety can occur.

One of these important and crucial steps is Step 5, which includes “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Easier said than done, Step 5 involves complete and utter honesty as a person learns to share any wrongdoing with a trusted confidant. Following through with this step can be challenging but is ultimately necessary to provide mental, emotional, and spiritual relief.

Making Peace with God

Following the recommended pattern of admission is also a necessary aspect of effectively working through Step 5. The process of forgiveness essentially is spiritual by nature and begins by reconnecting with God. As confession is a longstanding practice in the Christian/Judeo tradition, admission of wrongdoings and defects to God is the first step in alleviating guilt, shame and struggle.

cheering woman open arms to sunriseBy making peace with God, the Creator and ultimate Forgiver, an addict can find forgiveness for him or herself. This is a beautiful and meaningful part of the recovery process that empowers a person in recovery to truly find peace and continue the healing process.

An outward expression of this peace is established by seeking forgiveness from others for past burdens as well, which brings this step towards sobriety to full circle. If you are interested in learning more about the 12-Step process for addiction recovery, be sure to contact your local support groups for addiction and inquire about this 12-Step Process.

Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!

Have you followed the 12 step process in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol? If so, what did you find challenging about Step 5? What do you think is important about following the order of Admission, including God, yourself and then someone else?

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on August 8th, 2015
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