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1.  Hope instead of desperation.

2.  Faith instead of despair.

3.  Courage instead of fear.

4.  Peace of mind instead of confusion.

5.  Self-confidence instead of helplessness.

6.  Self-respect instead of self-contempt.

7.  The respect of others instead of their pity or contempt.

8.  A clean conscience instead of a sense of guilt.

9.  Real friendships instead of loneliness.

10.  A clean pattern of life instead of a purposeless 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.

Written By Ann C. and given at the 1985 International Convention in Montreal, Canada at The Old-Timers Meeting.  It is said she wrote it to "Show the contrast that can take place in any of our lives in we try to follow the AA principles.

Recovery Anonymous - a site detailing interesting concepts related to moving past first stage Recovery. (abstinence) Somewhat controversial (with AA old-timers anyway!), this site has some particularly interesting observations on shame and addictions. 

"Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that, I am responsible."

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