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Addiction creates pain, always, and while using, we invariably commit wrongs. We hurt people, intentionally and otherwise, and we behave selfishly, placing our need to get drunk or high above all else.

And we need to make things right.

The Christian 12 steps are not easy, but for many, the thought and act of making amends creates the greatest apprehension; and for many, it is here where we need the guidance of Christ most. In the 8th of the Christian 12 steps, we make a thorough and honest list of people we've harmed, and we prepare to make amends to them, and it can be a scary thought.

Pray for the courage to do the job right.

AA Big Book 8th Step Prayers

We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes.


God help me to become willing to sweep away the debris of self will and self reliant living. Thy will be done for this person as well as for me.


Anonymous 8th Step Prayer

Dear Lord

I've been in the driver's seat
But I sure am a bad driver!
I've caused more than a few "accidents" along the way
You'd better take the wheel from here on in
Let's go back from where I came
And you can help me make things right


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