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Step Six: Acting in Desperation

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Step Six, in my opinion, is just as closely associated with Step Five as Step Four is. I say this because Step Five and Six are heavy steps. You’re looking at everything you’ve done wrong from start to finish and coming to terms with it. I spent about five hours putting down into writing what I terrible person I was and bringing up all the things I did to hurt people in active addiction. After I worked Step Five with my sponsor, he told me to go back to the halfway house I was living in for an hour of silent meditation to begin Step Six. I sat quietly for an hour reflecting on the work I completed thus far and look for any cracks in the foundation of my program. Admittedly, I didn’t understand what that meant because I didn’t want to be obsessively analyzing the program I worked up to that point. As far as I was concerned, I was staying sober, so I assumed I was doing it correctly so far.

Step Six felt like desperation because I believed my Higher Power was going to take every defect of character and remove it so I could heal. I was more than willing to let someone else take it away from me and bear the burden. As cliché, as it sounds, all the steps are there for a reason and put into the order they are on purpose. Step Six is often more of a passive-action step because it’s the spiritual principle of willingness, but it’s just as important as the others because you’re again building trust in a Higher Power to heal you. The difficult part is often allowing something you don’t fully understand, an intangible Higher Power, take control over your life.

  • Ryan Teague

    Ryan Teague, CRC is an Alumni Coordinator for Lakeview Health. His own personal journey through addiction allows for a unique and personal approach to helping people recover. For Ryan, being able to give back to the recovery community is very gratifying. He considers helping the newcomer find the path to long-term recovery a privilege and necessary for his own recovery. Born in St. Louis, he moved to the Jacksonville Beach area in 1986 and has been there ever since. When he is not at work or in an AA meeting he enjoys golfing and taking his boat out.

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