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The AA Promises is a paragraph found in chapter 6 of the Big Book which details the future state of the alcoholic’s emotional well-being if they are of maximum service to God and others. The alcoholic will receive the “promises” when after completing the 12 steps and putting his or her program into action with others.

The AA Promises Text

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.

What Pages are the Promises on in the Big Book?

The Promises, found on the bottom of page 83 and continuing on the top of page 84.

The promises are found on pages 83 and 84 in a chapter called “Into Action“. When Bill W. wrote this paragraph, he was unaware that he was writing a powerful message known as “The Promises”. Over time, alcoholics used this text as a reminder as to what life will be like if we build a new life around the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

One line that stands out amongst most readers is the line, “Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.” Until in recovery, most alcoholics live in fear of others and due to this they live very solitary lives.

Placing the outcomes of our actions in God’s hands is the essence of what will bring us the Promises. The Promises is a message of hope as well as a reminder that is read at every A.A. meeting.

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