Viveka, discernment, develops with healthy living. This starts after you have given up addiction, but unfolds further as you continue the path of recovery. When you have truly worked the steps, you will cultivate viveka, giving you the ability to pause, surrender self-will and ask God for direction.
It requires courage and prudence to take Step 9, so approach it with discretion and the guidance of a sponsor. Trust the process of recovery and trust the process of life; both will bring relief. This ishvarapranidhana, surrender to the God of your heart, is a step on the path to happiness, joy and freedom.