Step Four

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

searching and fearless moral inventory – This may be the first time we have ever really looked at ourselves. 

Step Four involves engaging in a thorough and honest self-examination. It is a step of introspection and reflection where we take a deep and fearless inventory of our moral, emotional, and behavioral patterns.

The purpose of Step Four is to gain a clear understanding of one’s character, strengths, weaknesses, resentments, fears, and past actions. It encourages us to take responsibility for our own actions and to identify the underlying causes and patterns of our addictive behaviors.

During this step, we are encouraged to honestly examine our past and present relationships, our behavior towards others, our own character defects, and any unresolved issues or resentments. It involves looking inward, exploring areas where we may have harmed ourselves or others, and identifying self-destructive behavior patterns.

The inventory process often includes writing down a comprehensive list of resentments, fears, personal shortcomings, and assets. It may involve discussing these reflections with a sponsor or a trusted individual (accountability partner) within the recovery community.

The purpose of Step Four is not to dwell on guilt or shame but rather to bring about self-awareness and a foundation for personal growth. It is an opportunity to confront one’s past, understand the impact of one’s actions, and begin the process of making amends and letting go of destructive patterns.  Some of this information will be used in Steps Eight and Nine.