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Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous

"If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will comprehend the meaning of the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations, which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them."
Big Book. 3rd ed. pp. 83-84

12 Rewards

  1. Hope instead of desperation
  2. Faith instead of despair
  3. Courage instead of fear
  4. Peace of mind instead of confusion
  5. Self-respect instead of self-contempt
  6. Self-confidence instead of helplessness
  7. Respect of others instead of pity and contempt
  8. Clean conscience instead of guilt
  9. Real friendship instead of loneliness
  10. Clean pattern of life instead of purposeless existence
  11. Love and understanding of our families instead of their doubts and fears
  12. Freedom of a happy life instead of the bondage of an obsession


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