Step 10 refers to the tenth step first described in the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. This step was devised as a step to keep people in check once they are going through the process of recovery and stopped drinking and using.
It’s often called “taking a personal inventory”. The inventory system is very similar to cognitive behaviour exercises (CBT), the only different being the use of language is very much routed in morality, in fact often throughout the literature the Seven Deadly Sins can be observed, this step 10 inventory is no different.
Sloth, greed, gluttony, lust, pride, envy and wrath are often included, alongside intolerance, gossip and fear.
Some models of the step 10 are worded incredibly old fashioned and really get you to check for god’s will, which is of course a covert way of showing that he secretly loves you, despite often cloaking it with obstacles such as disordered states, poverty, social exclusion and injustice.
Despite being an easy target for criticisms, this step does promote the idea that recovery being an on-going process rather than a short-fix. One other empowering aspect of this step is that it does place a person firmly in the driving seat of their own life. A message that should be ubiquitous throughout all programs of change, you can be responsible!