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Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Doing a thorough Fourth Step can be difficult. To make matters worse are all the different worksheets, questions, suggestions, formats and instructions we’re given when attempting to actually write out our step four inventory.

Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been, and are. We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us. We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves. By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. Without a will and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for us. Without a searching and fearless moral inventory, most of us have found that the faith which really works in daily living is still out of reach.

Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 82

The AA Cleveland District Office has put together the following Fourth Step Guide and was taken directly from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The goal was to keep it simple. We hope it will assist you in completing your personal inventory.

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Fourth Step Guide

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