What Does A Promise Look Like?

by Screedler on January 2, 2016

This was on my Medium reader today and I thought I would share as the first post of a new year.

What I learned from not drinking for two years – by Andy Boyle

It’s a retelling of the story people in AA call The Promises.   I post here to demonstrate how the results of quitting are most likely always going to be positive in these ways no matter how you achieve it.

The Promises of A. A.


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.  The 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.  Page 83-84 The Big Book

This guy drank enough to know it wasn’t good for him; but I don’t think he identifies himself as an alcoholic.  He has abstained from alcohol for two years and is just happy to report the results.  He seems surprised.  I doubt he is even aware of The Promises as presented in Alcoholics Anonymous.  As I am apt to say, I do not condemn nor condone (from “The Watchmen” and somewhere from The Bible) just reporting.   It is what it is.  Right?

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