This is Step 5 in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step recovery fellowships. It is greatly considered a "make or break" point in one's healing for the simple fact that the afflicted is usually greatly ashamed of things that have transpired during the course of active illness.

Admitting one's mistakes to oneself is to accept the truth of how things were. Self-denial can no longer be a convenient safety net. Admitting these same faulty behaviors to one's Higher Power is a display of humility, faith, and a desire to confront one's past at least in a spiritually contemplative light. For most alcoholics the hardest part of Step 5 is admitting one's wrongs to another human being.

Sure, it's a scary proposition to expose one's transgressions to another person, but it can be liberating as well. No longer does the sufferer have to feel so utterly isolated and terminally condemned. On the contrary, most people who openly, honestly and willingly undertake this step come to the realization that in perspective he/she is no better or worse than anyone else.

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