I look to the promises at the end of each step in the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous. They are possibly the most encouraging points of reading in all my recovery. The fifth step promises are nearly as amazing as those of the ninth step and have certainly proven true in my program.
They are as follows:
Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us. We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have spititual experience. The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly. We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe. From pg. 75 of the big book of Alcobolics Anonymous