“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”
Now we need more action, without which we find that “faith without works is dead.” Let’s look at steps 8 and 9 .We had a list of all persons we have harmed, and to whom we are willing to make amends .We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self appraisal.- pg 76 Into Action from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In our fourth step we had already made an 8th step list without knowing it but perhaps there were people we had harmed before we received alcohol addiction help that may not have harmed us. Therefore we much search every nook and cranny of our lives to make sure we don’t leave anyone out of our 8th step. Some alcoholics leave people off the list because they are afraid they will have to make amends to them. That is not a decision that needs to or is being addressed in this step. The only action that is taken here is to simply write don and review the people we have harmed as a result of our disease. When we start to get sober and the “fog” lifts perhaps through the help from a 30 day rehab, AA, or a drug addiction detox we can see clearly that our alcoholism didn’t just affect us but also most of the people we came in contact with as well. We were notorious for running through peoples lives like a tornado. The only way we can live a happy, clean, and full life while being able to live with ourselves is by doing the foot work, cleaning our side of the street up and making things right with our fellows.