Step 8 is a further proactive step, which inculcates the ability to change one’s self on an actual level. Through being will to fix the wrongs one caused through asking forgiveness from the offended, the addict makes another step towards straightening out his or character and returning and revealing their true selves. By admitting in a person to person way, where they have erred, they stand to be able to correct the mistakes themselves.
“We made it when we took inventory. We subjected ourselves to a drastic self- appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes,” reads a quote from the Big Book of A.A.