This pamphlet shows us how to get started on Step Nine, “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” It suggests ways to make amends—what we must do to mend our relationships successfully.
Step Nine calls you into action. It tells you how to take responsibility for the behavior that accompanied your addiction, also called substance use disorder. In this pamphlet, you'll learn how to work to restore the relationships you have harmed. It outlines the importance of amends, and shows how to make them. It addresses exceptions and ways to resolve pain and anger. You’ll find that when you do Step Nine, your feelings of guilt, remorse, fear, and shame begin to diminish. And you strengthen your recovery.