“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.”
The Alcoholics Anonymous 5th Step – to admit I am wrong.
This is the second time the word admit comes up in the programme of the I2 steps. It is so important, because a practising alcoholic never admits he is wrong.
He blames anyone, so long as it is not himself. He is never wrong. He ducks for cover every time the finger gets pointed at him, or, more correctly, when he is found out. So, what a come down when the practising alkie comes to A.A., He has to deflate his ego.
—THE BIG I AM—.
Unless he is absolutely beaten, devastated, and powerless, he won’t change. He has to make the admission of hopelessness. He won’t make this change, if he can see any other way out, whatever. Some stand at the turning point locking for on easier, softer way. They never find it. The only way out is the AA way.
Among all the practising alcoholics that ever come to AA they have surely tried every known deviation from the steps possible. All with the some devastating results.
We know how hard it is to say I am wrong. Every time in our bodies cries out against it at first. That is the complete honesty of the programme . . . facing ourselves as we truly are. The programme asks in the 5th Step . . . If we are wrong . . . admit we are wrong. We try to say it under our breath . . . but we are cornered again. We have to apologise and admit it to another person. From this simple problem in our lives stemmed most of our trouble. We would do anything except admit it was cur fault. We lied, cheated, thieved, connived . . . anything except admit. If we don’t admit, and get honest with ourselves, we’ll keep running for the rest of our lives.
At the 5th Step we are cornered.
Here is a bunch of fellows we used to drink with in the hotels. Only difference, they are sober now. They played the some game. Yet we believe in our sick minds that we can con them. We definitely must be sick. So we have to like it or lump it. If we cut out the boloney and come clean, we will make the grade. If we don’t, we will stay in our own personal hell for the rest of our lives, and odds on it could be in the asylum.
Step 5 suggests that we come clean and admit cur falseness to another. Get it all off our chest. If it wasn’t eating our hearts out, we wouldn’t be sick, mentally, physically and spiritually.
Does it work? Millions of AA’s can’t we wrong. They were from the tamest to the toughest . . . and they all won .
It’s incredible, but it’s true.