Most people enter recovery because of overwhelming pain. They have had painful consequences from their addiction and are ready for the pain to stop. Some come to recovery to learn to “drink like a lady.” Some come because they were ordered by the courts or feared losing their marriage. They wanted freedom from the pain and remorse that comes from a life of addiction.
In the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, the text written by the founders of AA, there is a portion that specifically talks about The Promises. It reads:
“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway 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 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.”
The promises were written to offer hope to the still struggling alcoholic. They were based on the experience of the first 100 sober members of AA. Though that text was written in the 1930’s, the promises are still relevant today. They promise freedom, happiness, and a life without regret. They promise an interest in other people and a changed attitude. They promise our intuition increases when dealing with challenging situations.
The promises come as a result of working the 12 steps. They don’t suddenly appear after detox. The basic premise is that when we turn our will and our life over to a higher power of our understanding that things begin to change. Not only do we get to experience freedom from daily withdrawals, but we get to experience joy and happiness.
One step at a time, one day at a time, you can recover. At Design For Change, we offer refuge to those seeking to win against addiction because there is freedom in recovery. There is hope. Call us today to learn more about our long-term treatment programs and recovery services creating change, one step at a time. (877) 267-3646