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Making Amends As A Professional

Making Amends As A Professional

Step nine of the 12-step program originally created by the group Alcoholics Anonymous in their primary text, Alcoholics Anonymous is focused on making amends. After completing the “moral inventory” of step four, reading it to another person in step five, looking at defects of character in step six, becoming willing to let those character defects go in step seven, the amends process begins. First, in step eight, we are asked to make a list of all the people we have harmed and become willing to make amends to them all. Then, in step nine, we commence to make these amends.

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others, reads the ninth step. For professionals in recovery who have made the traditional twelve steps part of their life the second part of this step is most important except when to do so would injure them or others. Them can often refer to employers, co-workers, and spouses. Others can refer to unknown people, friends, extended acquaintances, and professionals themselves. An amends is meant to bring peace, forgiveness, and restitution where harm has been done, not bring more harm.

Working with a 12-step sponsor or a therapist familiar with 12-step programming is beneficial for professionals to receive guidance. Discernment is not typically high on the list of skills among professionals who have developed the addiction or alcoholism which necessitated their sobriety and participation in a 12-step program. Guidance is needed to help professionals understand where amends are due or not, how to approach an amends, setting healthy boundaries, and doing best not to cause more harm.

Making amends in recovery for professionals can mean making amends to employers and coworkers for significant harm caused, like a negative impact on business. The greatest challenge in making amends is asking what can I do to make this right? Most often, we are encouraged to stay sober and stay on our path to recovery. However, our employers may make certain requests, which could include financial restitution we pay back overtime. Just like with every other area of our recovery, we approach amends with willingness to do what is necessary to make things right.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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