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The Twelve Rewards Of Sobriety

These are twelve attributes of personal character that continued practice of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and our continued Spiritual Fitness will bring to us, the "Recovered" Alcoholic.

  1. Faith instead of despair.
  2. Courage instead of fear.
  3. Hope instead of desperation.
  4. Peace of mind instead of confusion.
  5. Real friendships instead of loneliness.
  6. Self-respect instead of self-contempt.
  7. Self-confidence instead of helplessness.
  8. A clean conscience instead of a sense of guilt.
  9. The respect of others instead of their pity and contempt.
  10. A clean pattern of living instead of a hopeless existence.
  11. The love and understanding of our families instead of their doubts and fears.
  12. The freedom of a happy life instead of the bondage of an alcoholic obsession.

Originally by Ann C. (sober April 1, 1948) of Niles, Ohio and presented at
the 1985 International Convention in Montreal, Canada

Love and Peace, Barefoot

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As in so many things, especially with we alcoholics, our History is our Greatest Asset!.. We each arrived at the doors of AA with an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That Do Not Work" .. Today, In AA and In Recovery, Our History has added an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That DO Work!!" and We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it!!

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