How do you do the 8th step?
How Do You Complete Alcoholics Anonymous Step 8?
- Discover how many people you have hurt and how you’ve hurt them.
- Make a list of everyone you’ve harmed. Also, pay attention to what you discover about yourself and your problems along the way.
- Don’t be defensive and blame people for how they’ve treated you.
What is the purpose of step 8?
The eighth step involves making amends with others who may have been harmed by your alcohol or drug use. This step is a chance to grow and improve your relationships with your friends and loved ones—which will only help you going forward in your recovery. The goal of this step is to end isolation from others.
What does making amends mean in AA?
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) first implemented the concept of “making amends” for people in recovery as a means by which to “amend behavior.” In many situations, a sincere apology may be all another person requires to believe you want to regain trust in a relationship and you understand what they went through.
What does Buddhism say about addiction?
For Buddhists, craving is the source of human suffering; the misery of those ruled by extreme cravings for drugs is just an extreme form of the attachment to material things that compromises any person’s happiness.
What is the 8th step prayer?
Eighth Step Prayer I ask Your help in making my list of all those I have harmed. Be forgiving to others as You are forgiving to me. Grant me the willingness to begin my restitution. This I pray.
How do you make amends to someone you hurt?
Some ways to create an authentic apology:
- Be humble and don’t assume anything.
- Accept responsibility for actions and what those actions brought.
- Admit fault.
- Change behavior and demonstrate that healing has started.
- Make an effort to rebuild trust.
How do you respond when someone asks for forgiveness?
Try saying: “Thank you, I needed to hear this apology. I really am hurt.” Or, “I appreciate your apology. I need time to think about it, and I need to see a change in your actions before I can move forward with you.” Don’t attack the transgressor, as hard as it may be to hold back in the moment.
What do Buddhist think of drugs?
Generally speaking, the vast majority of Buddhists and Buddhist sects denounce and have historically frowned upon the use of any intoxicants by an individual who has taken the five precepts. Most Buddhists view the use and abuse of intoxicants to be a hindrance in the development of an enlightened mind.
What are the spiritual principles of step 8?
Spiritual principles abound in Step 8. Forgiveness, honesty, courage, willingness, accountability, humility and compassion are some of the biggies. By listing who we believe we have harmed, we are holding ourselves accountable. By admitting we are human and have made mistakes, we develop compassion for ourselves.