Step 6

Acceptance, Willingness, Welcoming
Were are entirely ready to remove all these defects of character.

Summary and how it applies to the 12 steps.

Step 6 of the 12 steps is regarded as a stage of release. An important key phrase in the 6th step is “Have your higher power remove defects of character”. Once you have  taken moral inventory in step 4 and admitted to wrongdoings in step 5 then you'll be able to release these negative behaviors in step 6. You are able to do this by replacing old coping behaviors with healthier ones.

Learning new ways can be one of the most challenging steps,  but is without a doubt one of the most powerful. It is common for those seeking recovery to visit this step multiple times, so do not get discouraged if you find yourself visiting the step again. An important skill of the six steps is to choose improvement over perfection. Again, we are all human and are all just looking for improvement. at North Palm Beach Recovery Center progress is always valued by an affected person regardless of relapse. Learning comes from mistakes so recovery will not always be a straight path.

Step Exercises/Discussion Topics

  1. Describe situations and events where you have been full of pride.What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you?
  2. Describe the kind of activities you really enjoy (of course, NOT your addictive behavior).
  3. What are some healthy eating or exercise habits that you could start?
  4. What are some unhealthy eating habits that you could give up?
  5. Describe some secret GOOD deeds that you have done or would like to do.
  6. Describe situations and events where you have been greedy, overly needy or materialistic. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? 
  7. Describe situations and events where you have been dishonest. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? 
  8. Describe situations and events where you have given into excessive eating, drinking, shopping or covetousness. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? 
  9. Describe situations and events where you have been very envious or jealous of others. What has this brought into your life that you like or enjoy? What problems has it caused you? 
  10. List your major defects of character.

Other Steps of The 12 Steps

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