Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference Step 9 Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. When you actually brings about in a physical way some sort of reparation for past behavior there is an inner imprint, which is made in the psyche of the addict.. Each time one cleans up a situation they caused to take place, a sense of return and renewal is felt. Step 8 is the beginning of the actualization of Steps 5, 6, and 7. Through a true return to who you always were deep down inside, you begin planting the seeds for your own growth. This is nothing short of penitence, and is indeed a very task-heavy step: the recovering addict uses your list from step eight and sets about making amends to the people they harmed, with one exception: "except when to do so would injure them or others."