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12 Beginners Promises

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This is an excerpt someone sent in to the site about some promises that will come true for beginners that have hit a low bottom.  You may not have hit this bottom, but still may be an alcoholic or addict.  If your bottom was a little higher than this, there are still Other Promises that will come true for you, if you stay in a 12 Step Support System.  Please, take what you need and leave the rest.  These things will come true for you if you were a low bottom drunk or addict and you go to meetings and don't use. 

1. You will know your full name and address.

2. You will be able to shave yourself

3. You will be able to dress and undress yourself.

4. You will know the town, state and country you are in.

5. You will be able to find socks that match.

6. You will be able to smoke without burning yourself, your clothes or the

7. You will lose the fear of food.

8. You will spend less time in the bathroom.

9. You will be able to walk a straight line and pass the balloon test.

10. You will lose the fear of police cars.

11. You will be able to answer the door without looking through the little hole.

12. You will realize what a mess you've been and thank God for your 12-step alcohol program.

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And, yet, here is another adaptation:


1. You will know freedom from Maalox, aspirins, and Listerine.
2. You will no longer have to approach toilet bowls on your hands and knees.
3. You won't fall asleep with your contact lenses in.
4. You will lose interest in inventing excuses for all those empty bottles, like saying you're saving them to store water in case of a hurricane.
5. No matter how far down the scale your car has gone, it won't stink like a brewery, and--
6. You'll remember where you left it.
7. Your pets won't hide under the bed when you come home. Neither will your spouse and kids.
8. Fear of mirrors and of garbage men will leave you.
9. You will intuitively know how to lower your risk of catching social diseases.
10. You will suddenly realize how much better life is sober, and thank your Higher Power for AA.

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I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I want to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But still, I am not what I used to be.
And by the grace of God,
I am what I am..

John Newton


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