From the September 2011 magazine.

September 2011: As Promised

Sometimes the truest amends are made instinctively

"I kept doing what the program said: Get with God's will and trust, no matter how it turns out."

Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

I found AA in September 2004, and started taking suggestions almost immediately. After finding a sponsor, I started working the Steps, which I found to be a wonderful, trying process. As I trudged toward the Ninth Step, I realized there would be many amends I’d need to make. There was a specific amends, however, that was so powerful I’d like to share it ... the amends to my mother.

My mother had taken the brunt of the abuse I’d dished out over my...

-- Trey B.

Macon, Georgia