FOURTH STEP INVENTORY
Introduction to the 4th Step Inventory Workshop
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE 12 STEPS?
1. To help us discover and establish a conscious relationship with a Power greater than ourselves.
2. To help us improve our conscious relationship with a Power greater than ourselves.
3. To produce the personality change necessary for our recovery.
4. To provide a design for living - that can help us be happy, comfortable, and at ease, living an enjoy-
able life of purpose, with peace and harmony with ourselves, with others, and with God as we understand
Him, growing in understanding and effectiveness, serving and helping others - without the use of alcohol
or other drugs.
The precise instructions for taking the 12 Steps is contained in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
“To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.”
-- From the Forward to the First Edition of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous
There is much more to life than being physically sober. There is much more to sobriety than having the
obsession for alcohol removed. Sober isn’t much fun - unless we can learn to be happy and sober. To be happy
and sober requires emotional sobriety. The Fourth Step is our first action step towards physical and emotional
We are in a process to recreate our lives. We made a decision to give up our old plans for living and to
try A.A.’s 12 Step Plan for Living. The Fourth Step is our first action step. It is here that we know whether or not
we really took Steps 1, 2 and 3.
Step Four is a fact-finding and fact-facing process. We are searching for “causes and conditions.” We
want to uncover the truth about ourselves. We want to discover the attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, fears, actions,
behaviors, and the behavior patterns - that have been blocking us, causing us problems and causing our failure.
We want to learn the exact nature our “character defects” and what causes us to do the unacceptable things we
do - so that once they are rem