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Dealing with Step 8/9 and making amends

I hear people discussing this topic in almost every meeting I go to. People are always talking about making amends, apologizing, repairing old relationships and doing the best they can to deal with it. If there is one step I could remove from the 12 - it would be this one! The

Why everyone in recovery needs to make amends for past misdeeds

Without fully making amends for our past transgressions, we are forever haunted by the shame and regret of our behaviors during addiction. Although the concept of making amends is largely promoted through 12 steps style recovery, I believe that regardless of the philosophy of recovery employed, making restitution is a necessary part of any addictions healing, and is one of the best ways to ensure long term success and sobriety.