Step Five: Coming Clean to Another Alcoholic



“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Now that you have finished your written accounting of your past misdeeds and ongoing resentments, the time has come to share this heavy burden with your higher power and your sponsor. The goal behind this important step is to demonstrate you are still worthy of love and compassions despite your past transgressions, these sins do not define the person you are today in the eyes of those around you.


Most recovering alcoholics and addicts are well aware they will be sharing their fourth step moral inventory with their sponsor upon completion. Hopefully you did not let any guilt or shame impede your progress on the previous step, and have not omitted anything in your writings. Your sponsor should have a plan as to how your fifth step will be performed, if you have any ideas or preferences regarding the setting or timing of this activity you should share them with your sp