Marijuana Anonymous World Services

Step Four

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

After we became honest enough to take the First Step, open-minded enough to take the Second, and willing enough to take the Third, we were ready to confront Step Four. We have observed what happens to those who resist this Step. Some marijuana addicts will not follow the suggestion to do this Step, or to do it promptly. Some of them stop coming to meetings and start using again. Others keep coming back, but their spiritual awareness does not grow. They recount the same experiences, express the same emotions, and suffer the same pain. Nothing changes for them; they appear to be stuck. We learned that as long as we resisted taking our inventory, we put our sobriety and our lives at risk. Just as denial once stopped us from seeking recovery, defiance, shame, and fear can hinder our spiritual growth. Once we made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to a Higher Power, it was imperative that we do just that. After all, the faith we acquired by taking Step Three meant very little if we did not follow it with immediate action.