AA Big Book Promises When a person begins his 12-step journey in Alcoholics Anonymous, it is with the hope that his life will change for the better as a direct result. In a nutshell, these are the promises of AA. The goal of recovery is not only to recapture the self that was lost to addiction but to redefine yourself and the kind of life you lead.
Throughout the Big Book of AA, there are several promises intended for those who work on a complete program. If a person follows the 12 steps as laid out in the Big Book, he is guaranteed a spiritual awakening, as long as he does so honestly.
The Promises of AA
You may have heard of AA’s 12 Steps – the methods promoted for getting sober and staying sober. The 12 Promises of AA are actually part of those steps.
Sometimes called AA’s Ninth Step Promises, affirmations are technically part of Step 9, which is about making amends. (For those who have the AA “Big Book,” the official guide to Alcoholics Anonymous, the promises can be found in Chapter 6: In Action.)
As stated in Chapter 6 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholics who stay sober and practice the Twelve Steps will see these Promises come true:
- Promise 1: We will know a new freedom and a new happiness.
- Promise 2: We will not regret the past or wish to close the door on it.
- Promise 3: We will understand the word serenity.
- Promise 4: We will know peace.
- Promise 5: No matter how low we have gone on the scale, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
- Promise 6: The feeling of worthlessness and self-pity will disappear.
- Promise 7: We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellow human beings.
- Promise 8: Selfishness will disappear.
- Promise 9: Our entire attitude and view of life will change.
- Promise 10: Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us.
- Promise 11: We will intuitively know how to handle situations that previously baffled us.
- Promise 12: We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.