Step 9 is the actualization of the previous step. When the addict actually brings about in a physical way some sort of reparation for past behavior there is an inner imprint, which is made in the psyche of the addict. This imprint is the beginning of the addict’s return to who they really are. Each time one cleans up a situation they caused to take place, a sense of return and renewal is felt. Step 8 is the beginning of the actualization of Steps 5, 6, and 7.
Through a true return to who they always were deep down inside, the addict begins planting the seeds for his or her own growth.
Again, the notions of exoneration, purification, liberation and salvation return as in step four to close out the process of spiritual awakening. This is nothing short of penitence, and is indeed a very task-heavy step: the recovering addict uses his or her list from step eight and sets about making amends to the people they harmed, with one exception: “except when to do so would injure them or others.”
This exception is inclusive because making amends can be regarded as a selfish process, and reaching out to some people may do more harm than good; for this reason not all amends are made. The addict’s sponsor will generally help him or her make those decisions.