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Who can I talk to? Who can I trust? I have heard several people over the years ask these questions, often in connection with Step Five. They are going to reveal to someone else many, if not all, of their shame, faults and weaknesses and they don’t necessarily want them broadcast to the world at large. They want to ensure that their darkest corners remain private, and who can blame them?

A lot of us do our Step Five with our sponsor as they have usually heard much of it during the preparation stage that is Step Four. Others want someone neutral to share it with and, given that Step Five also suggests we share it with our God too, a minister of the church is often a good choice for many. Priests also have an obligation to keep anything they hear confidential.

Whichever way an individual chooses to do Step Five, the overwhelming sense of freedom and relief that follows is one of the wonders of the Programme. I still recall vividly how I felt afterwards, the lightness of heart, the oeace of mind; a feeling that I have seldom experienced since anywhere else. Truly I had ‘dropped the rock’.

This is my last editorial. A new editor has been appointed and he will take over the chair from the next issue. I wish him well in his new role and hope that he doesn’t have to write too many appeals for more articles! There has always been, in my time on the editorial team, either famine or feast.

There have been some great contributions such as the recent series about AA in India one correspondent’s Herculean task of tackling a series of Concepts articles (for which I thank him immensely) which provide variety to our usual diet of Experience, Strength and Hope. Keep them coming!