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Published May 2011.

Web Exclusive: On the Other Side of Amends

An alcoholic ends up on the receiving side of an amends for a change

The Steps can take unexpected twists

When it comes to making right past mistakes and harms, also known as Step Nine, my experience has been my making amends to others. But this story is about being on the receiving end of someone making an amends to me.

About five years ago, I had a guy working for me who was very likable, fairly good at his work, and had the greatest stories about why he would be late or unable to work. For instance, one time he developed Crohn's disease and couldn’t come to work because he was at the hospital the night before. Another time he was going to be late for work because he ran into the front of a garbage truck. And yet another time a tire on his car came off while he was driving to work. Not so surprisingly his drinking and drug use was growing all the time while he worked for me.

-- Steve H.

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