The Promises in 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 p83-84. From the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. World Services.


I was sober for a little while when I read the AA Promises and realized that I could at least begin to see a glimmer of them coming true in my recovery.  Over the years, I have gone through many billfolds, but I carry the same card with me as a reminder of the AA Promises.  To the extent I live into recovery, the AA Promises grow more true every day.  To me the AA Promises are the payoff for living into recovery and not actively into my addictions.

2 thoughts on “The Promises in Recovery

  1. I love the AA Promises, I can’t help but smile and feel at peace when I read them. Especially,
    “We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.”

    I would have bet the bank that this was impossible when I was brand-newly sober.

    To know that these continue to work and unfold in longer term sobriety is just the cherry on top.

    • I agree on the Promises. The first time when I read them and thought – wow, this is pretty consistent with my existence today – I was blown away. Since that time, the Promises to me have always been the bottom line of recovery.

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