From the August 2012 magazine.

August 2012: The Need to Go Deeper

Uncovering all the harm he caused in his drinking days restored his compassion for others

STEP EIGHT: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Looking back, it is probably safe to say that I harmed many people whom I came in contact with during my drinking days.

 My first stab at an Eighth Step list began easily enough, since I had sort of a head start by simply referring back to my Fourth Step inventory. But if I were going to be thorough, I knew I would need to go deeper—much deeper!

 As a newcomer, it wasn’t too difficult to list most of the ways and persons I had harmed, because many...

-- Richard D.

Shreveport, Louisiana