This disease of alcoholism denies and suppresses the still small voice deep within, also known as our conscience. Once we get sober and begin the practice of the 12 steps, the voice of reason gets stronger and louder. If we fail to tell the truth, to pay our debts, to keep our commitments, if we are unfaithful to our partners, or cheat someone, we will feel restless, irritable and discontent. We either have to get honest and listen to our conscience, or drown the voice by rationalizing our bad behavior. The longer this goes on, the worse it gets and becomes much more difficult to amend. Working a spiritually based program strengthens our conscience. The more we work the Steps and apply the principles of this program, the more clearly we will see the difference between right and wrong. Once the program begins to change us, we can no longer follow the blind dictates of our desires. Our conscience will sound the alarm that we have crossed an important line. But what if we’re not sure if what we did was wrong? We can ask our sponsors about it, and then we can take it to prayer. But once it’s been clarified we must have the courage to follow the dictates of our conscience.