20 Oct Step 4 and 5 of AA
Here the latest podcast about recovering from alcoholism and is again about the steps of AA. This one talks about the good and bad side of Step Four and Five of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), and is the third of a series of discussions with Jon who has his blog at https://jonsleeper.wordpress.com about the 12 steps which make up the core of the AA programme and are described in chapter 5 of the Big Book. Jon was an AA member for many years but has also done CBT type therapy and read a lot on other solutions. He has helped take people through the steps and has many years of continued abstinence from alcohol. At one time he thought that AA was correct in all its ideas, but has modified his views over time. I was always cynical of the religious side of AA and just accepted it was from the mid west of America in the 1930’s and really made use of the fellowship rather than “the Steps”.
Here we talk about the pros and cons from our points of view about step 4 and step 5 of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Step 4 of AA
“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Step 5 of AA
“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
I think some people who have not been through AA are suprised by the steps and the fact that they make addiction a moral issue. There is also a view that step 4 can actually damage sensitive people and that these issues should be dealt with by a therapist. Quite a few people seem to struggle with these steps and sometimes relapse as a result. Other people find it useful and say it is the most important part of the programme.