The 12 Promises and The 12 Rewards
The Twelve Promises
Page 83 and 84 of the Big Book
- 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.
- We will know peace.
- No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
- The feelings 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 on life will change.
- Fear of people and 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 beingfulfilled among
us — sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
They will always materialize if we work for them.”
From the A. A. Big Book
The Twelve Rewards
- Hope instead of desperation.
- Faith instead of despair.
- Courage instead of fear.
- Peace of mind instead of confusion.
- Self-respect instead of self-contempt.
- Self-confidence instead of helplessness.
- The respect of others instead of their pity and contempt.
- A clean conscience instead of a sense of guilt.
- Real friendships instead of loneliness.
- A clean pattern of life instead of a purposeless existence.
- The love and understanding of our families instead of their doubts and fears.
- The freedom of a happy life instead of the bondage of an alcoholic obsession
Originally by Ann C. (sober April 1, 1948) of Niles, Ohio and presented at
the 1985 International Convention in Montreal, Canada