The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous list the troubles that alcoholics build up throughout their drinking.
These, in part, are;
- We were having trouble with personal relationships,
- we couldn’t control our emotional natures,
- we were a prey to misery and depression,
- we couldn’t make a living,
- we had a feeling of uselessness,
- we were full of fear,
- we were unhappy,
- we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people—
- was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight?
Alcoholics Anonymous – the Big Book, We Agnostics, pp 52.
Also the same book lists the experienced result of actually working the 12 Step Program. These are;
The Promises of Recovery
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 not regret the past
- nor wish to shut the door on it.
- We will comprehend 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.
Alcoholics Anonymous – the Big Book, A Vision for You, page 83-4