12 AA Promises List

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The 12 AA promises are exactly what they sound like, promises to anyone who is entering recovery that all 12 of these things will come true if you vigorously work the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Many alcoholics come into the rooms of AA and exclaim, “I’ve quit drinking, but my life hasn’t got better”! This is a common theme among alcoholics wanting instant gratification. Alcoholics Anonymous makes clear that the promises will be fulfilled on a timeframe that is different for everyone however is based on their spiritual condition and emphasis on working the 12 promises to the best of their ability.

Alcoholics Anonymous or AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and home with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recovery from alcoholism. (www.aa.org) AA states the only requirement is a DESIRE to stop drinking, thus actually still drinking does not and should not stop anyone from attending. In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on pages 83-84, the author explains what will happen to an Alcoholic after diligently working the 12 promises of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The 12 AA Promises

  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 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.” – Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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