Step 5: Integrity
The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs
Probably the most difficult of all the steps to take, Step 5 is also the one that provides the greatest opportunity for growth.
- Step 5
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
But just as the 12 Stepsthemselves are in a specific order for a reason, the process outlined within Step 5 is likewise. There is a reason that the first admission of wrongs is to God as we understand him. It prepares us for the rest of the step.
No, admitting to God the nature of our wrongs is not informing Him of anything that He doesn't already know. But by having that conversation with a personal higher power in a spirit of prayer, the things that need to be changed are revealed to us! The exact nature of our wrongs have been discovered along with the ways that they need to be changed.
Once we have had the integrity to become honest with God, then becoming honest with ourselves and another human being becomes much easier. Perhaps more than any other step in the process, Step 5 provides the chance to begin "growing up" spiritually and gives us the opportunity to unload the burdens of our past.
More about Step 5
- Eliminating Pride
"All the old garbage I had been lugging around for so many years fell away. My conscience was finally clear."
"What a joy to join the human race again and look them square in the eyes."
Dealing with Fear
"I found that fear was not only the exact nature of my wrongs, but it was the sole governing factor of my life from birth to the present."
"As Step 5 was finished, I truly felt a peace and cleansing."