After we know without any doubt in our minds that we cannot drink safely anymore, that no human power can relieve us of the compulsion, and we turn our lives over to the care and direction of something greater than ourselves we are ready to move on.
The steps are designed as a way of life. When we get to the fourth step of the program we are going to see why our lives shaped up into the way they did. We then move on to steps 5 through nine. What usually happens at the end of the ninth step. We hear of these promises that begin to come true in our lives. They do if we have not skimped on the steps preceeding nine.
The guilt and shame of the past begins to disappear and we realize that our pasts can be our best asset into helping another.