From the April 1971 magazine.

9th Step

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. - This series on the Twelve Steps is written by twelve members of AA, each interpreting one of the Steps as he sees it

ACCORDING to the Big Book, cofounder Doctor Bob was the first AA member to have a slip. Coming off a roaring bender, he saw that he would have to face his problems squarely: "One morning he took the bull by the horns and set out to tell those he feared what his trouble had been. Stepping into his car, he made the rounds of people he had hurt. He trembled as he went about, for this might mean ruin, particularly to a person in his line of business."

Far from bringing ruin. Doctor Bob's bold action marked a new beginning, bringing great personal happiness and opportunities for service in the fifteen years remaining to him. He was, as the Grapevine noted after his death, a person who had truly become reconciled with his fellowman.

-- M. D. B.

Jackson, Michigan

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