Step work in recovery: Step 6

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In this step, we were entirely ready to have God remove all of these character defects, says Karen Griessel, a social worker at SANCA Wedge Gardens.

“By now the person has developed humility and can see theirself more clearly. Becoming entirely ready means reaching a spiritual state of being, aware of the defects, but also growing tired of them as the person knows that only a higher power can successfully remove them,” she adds.

The difficulty is that defects are often ingrained into our behaviour and unfortunately our worst character defects surface in stressful situations.

“People struggle with understanding where their character defects end and where their character begins within the complex structure of their personality. However, it’s important to not get too obsessed and rather focus on the efforts and be conscious in the process,” says Griessel.

Spiritual principles in this step are commitment, perseverance, willingness, faith, trust and self-acceptance.

“Ultimately, working this step, the person develops a vision of the best person they would like to become,” says Griessel.

For more information about SANCA Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre, visit or call 011 430 0320.

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