Step 4 of the 12 steps is all about self-examination. A notable phrase of this step is taking a “moral inventory of ourselves”. Taking notes of our convictions and seeing the discrepancies when we are in active addiction can help identify what must change. Trust me, I know it may be painful to do this, but it helps process the large negative impacts of addiction as well as the positive impacts of sobriety.
The 4th step mentions being “fearless” when someone is analyzing the impact on others and themselves. All that one may think, say, or do should be noted and processed. This “moral inventory” of step 4 can help those in recovery to find areas of both weakness and strength, and both are important when one is seeking recovery. Ultimately, this inventory process makes recovery much more attainable.