Step five of the twelve steps of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous states that you will admit to God, to yourself and to another person the exact nature of your wrongs. You’ll be open and honest with yourself and freely admit the wrong turns, and plain wrongs you’ve done during your life. At this point you are sharing this only with whomever you choose, a spiritual adviser, a friend, your sponsor who is guiding you through the twelve steps.
By taking this step, you’ll make a clean slate for yourself. You’ll be able to talk and open up without the burden of your alcohol addiction.
Once you start sharing the mistakes you have made, you’ll begin to feel free. A feeling of lightness may surround your heart. You’ll be able to deal with the issues you discovered within yourself during Step four.
If you fail to share your discovery, you’ll keep the bad bottled up deep inside yourself. By withholding, you take a major chance and risk that you will revert back to your old addiction. You would hold tightly to your past, and never be able to overcome the wrongs you have committed. You’ll feel guilt and possibly hatred at yourself because you have yet to express to others what you have discovered.
This may seem like an impossible task, but rest assured it is not. Only by being open and freely admitting to your mistakes can you continue on the path to recovery.