12 Promises of Recovery from Alcoholism and Addiction Hot smile

From the book Alcoholics Anonymous, pp83-84.

“ . . . there is a long period of reconstruction ahead. We must take the lead.

  1. If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.
  2. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
  3. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
  4. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
  5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
  6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
  7. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
  8. Self-seeking will slip away.
  9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
  10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
  11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
  12. 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.”


The 12 Promises of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Martini glassCrying face 

  1. If we are casual with this phase of our development, we will be drunk before we are halfway through.
  2. We are going to know a new imprisonment and a new misery.
  3. We will relive the past and won’t be able to shut the door on it.
  4. We will comprehend the word conflict and we will know pain.
  5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we’ll sink even lower.
  6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will deepen.
  7. We will gain interest in selfish things and lose interest in our fellows.
  8. Self esteem will slip away.
  9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will suck.
  10. Fear of people, and of economic insecurity will multiply.
  11. We will intuitively know how to run from situations that never used to bother us.
  12. We will suddenly realize that God would never have done to us what we are doing to ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not!

They are being fulfilled among those of us who are still drinking and/or drugging –sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.

They will always materialize, if we drink for them.

Guaranteed.

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