Posted by: RealisticRecovery | June 21, 2009

The 12 Promises and The 12 Rewards

The 12 Promises and The 12 Rewards

The Twelve Promises

Page 83 and 84 of the Big Book

  1. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
  2. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
  3. We will comprehend the word serenity.
  4. 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. The feelings 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 on life will change.
  10. Fear of people and 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 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

  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. The respect of others instead of their pity and contempt.
  8. A clean conscience instead of a sense of guilt.
  9. Real friendships instead of loneliness.
  10. A clean pattern of life instead of a purposeless existence.
  11. The love and understanding of our families instead of their doubts and fears.
  12. 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


  1. great! i will pass this on

  2. This really made me happy to see and to really realize that I can have all this and more.

  3. Liquor adds on a recovery website? That’s disturbing to say the least.

    • Liquor ads?
      Thanks for the head’s up.
      I have no advertisements on this site.
      If you see any at all, they are placed there by WordPress without my permission.
      If you see any inappropriate ones (ie. Liquor), can you take a screenshot and send it to me, or just let me know again.
      Thanks again for letting me know.
      I will look into this, there should be no ads.
      Mike H

      • Apparently, WordPress can run advertisements on this blog without my consent because I haven’t purchased the “No-Ads Upgrade Package”.
        I didn’t know this was going on.
        But if you saw an inappropriate ad, please report it to Please include the address of the site (e.g.,, the date/time the ad appeared, and a screenshot of the ad.
        Thanks again.
        Mike H

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  6. On july 28th. 05 , I put the plug in the jug. This was a simple choice. When I looked in the mirror that day , I knew I would not drink. My life now, is unbelievable . Every day is truly a gift. After a life of alcoholism, these past almost 10 years without a drink , Have been a blast. Get busy living and loving. It all boils down to simple choice. Believe me.

    • awesome matthew, keep it up and thanks for the encouragement.

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