Step Nine: Cleaning our Side of the Street



“Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Now comes the time to put your eighth step to good use and approach those you have harmed in the past with proffered amends. This step should be handled delicately and with a great deal of consideration as you weigh the potential impact your apology will have on the person you harmed as well as others whom you both know. There are a few scenarios which could complicate the completion of your ninth step, but there will never be a situation which cannot be resolved in a positive manner for your recovery.


One possible snag which you may encounter is an inability to get in touch with a person to whom you owe an amends. This could happen for a number of reasons, from simply losing touch with the person to their having passed away. If you have exhausted all avenues in an attempt to reconnect with an individual on your amends list, you can still complete a living amends. A living a