Step Eight: Preparing to Make Amends



“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” Now that you have taken steps to correct your behavior and thinking moving forward, it is time to do what you can to right the wrongs of your past. The eighth step prepares us for the amends process, giving us an opportunity to reflect on these past misdeeds and formulate an appropriate apology. With a clear mind and a heart filled with gratitude, the eighth step should not plague you with feelings of guilt or shame, as you worked through those feelings in your fourth and fifth step. This is a time to focus instead on healing and reconciliation.


You should approach this step without thoughts of those resentments you have acknowledged in your fourth step - this is not about prompting others to make amends with you, you are simply cleaning your side of the street so you can move forward in your recovery. As you revisit your moral inventory made during your fourth step, identify anyone you may have injured regardless of your intent. Reflect back on the situation which led to this person being harmed, focusing onl