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Step Five - God and a Trusted Sponsor

Step Five - God and a Trusted SponsorAudio Version I was in treatment when I first did a Step Five. After writing a life story and reading it to other group members so they would identify my defects, which I found astonishing as I really hadn't seen up until that point how my behaviour had hurt or touched anyone else. So after this my next step was to go into a small office with one councillor (treatment) to read my Step Five again, on a one to one basis. I was given a couple of comments to make me feel like I had made several bad choices, which were not entirely of my making, and then the counsellor shredded the whole lot! I was shocked, hurt and annoyed due to the amount of time I had spent writing the life story, but I did feel a little lighter. I knew that treatment had got me sober and now I needed to stay sober. When I left treatment, I threw myself into AA, got a sponsor and embarked on all the Steps. My Step Four was written how the Big Book instructs and suggests and my Step Five, now with my sponsor, took a few hours to read out. I was now fully aware of my resentments, fears, sexual conduct and harm I had done others. For a few days after reading my Step Five out loud to God and my trusted sponsor I felt low, like an emotional hangover. Then a miracle happened. I felt freedom and my past was now history. I no longer dragged it around with me and I felt a little peace. Years later this feeling of freedom and peace has grown and I have used the same approach to free me from other negative thoughts and situations which sometime take up too much headspace when I replay the same story over and over again. Today freedom is priceless, and I have learnt one day at a time to place any issue I have on a piece of paper and into my God box, where God will do for me what I cannot do for myself. I am happy, joyous and free. MICHELLE, Plymouth

Step Five - God and a Trusted Sponsor

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I was in treatment when I first did a Step Five. After writing a life story and reading it to other group members so they would identify my defects, which I found astonishing as I really hadn't seen up until that point how my behaviour had hurt or touched anyone else.

So after this my next step was to go into a small office with one councillor (treatment) to read my Step Five again, on a one to one basis. I was given a couple of comments to make me feel like I had made several bad choices, which were not entirely of my making, and then the counsellor shredded the whole lot! I was shocked, hurt and annoyed due to the amount of time I had spent writing the life story, but I did feel a little lighter. I knew that treatment had got me sober and now I needed to stay sober. When I left treatment, I threw myself into AA, got a sponsor and embarked on all the Steps.

My Step Four was written how the Big Book instructs and suggests and my Step Five, now with my sponsor, took a few hours to read out. I was now fully aware of my resentments, fears, sexual conduct and harm I had done others. For a few days after reading my Step Five out loud to God and my trusted sponsor I felt low, like an emotional hangover. Then a miracle happened. I felt freedom and my past was now history. I no longer dragged it around with me and I felt a little peace.

Years later this feeling of freedom and peace has grown and I have used the same approach to free me from other negative thoughts and situations which sometime take up too much headspace when I replay the same story over and over again. Today freedom is priceless, and I have learnt one day at a time to place any issue I have on a piece of paper and into my God box, where God will do for me what I cannot do for myself. I am happy, joyous and free. 

MICHELLE, Plymouth