Step 4 Section 3
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8)
A main characteristic of addiction is denial or self-deception – when an individual denies having a problem. What healing effects can come from replacing denial with truth?
This reminds me of step 1 about honesty! I feel a big part of my recovery is being honest with myself and others. As I’m honest with myself, I begin to see myself more as I really am: a child of God who has weaknesses and imperfections. I feel the program has really helped me understand the importance of being honest with myself.
Just recognizing that I have a problem that I need help with has been helpful in my recovery too. In the past I always knew I had a problem but never even knew it was something that needed help like this. I’m glad I found the program when I did.
How can step 4 help you accomplish such a task?
Step 4 really helps me get out all the “dirt” in my life, it helps me discover the core problems, not just the surface issues. I’m discovering that selfishness and self-will are two of my biggest issues – pornography and lust being symptoms of the problem. As I’m completely honest with myself, I can see better where I am and where I want to go. Step 4 is scary but I know I can do it with God’s help.