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  • The Step Nine Promises

    If we are painstaking about this phase of our development we will be amazed
    before we are half way 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 experiences 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 of economic insecurity will leave us.

    We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

    We will suddenly realise that God is doing for us what we could not do for

    Are these extravagant promises?
    We think not.
    They are being fulfilled among us: sometimes quickly, sometimes
    slowly. They will always materialise if we work for them.

    The Ottawa Promises

    Through a renewed relationship with God/our Higher Power, the healing force of recovery will take hold in our hearts. By giving ourselves over to God/our Higher Power and working our program, our lives will become manageable and we will be restored to sanity. We will receive the inner strength and support needed to face our anxieties and fears and to deal with the painful feelings that feed our addiction. 

    Relations with others will improve as we learn to respect our boundaries and allow others freedom to be themselves. Reaching out in trust and connecting with others will come easier, dispelling our sense of isolation and loneliness. Degrading fantasies and obsessive sexual thinking will diminish. 

    In relating to ourselves, self-absorption will give way to self-discovery; secrecy to honesty; feeling of unworthiness to dignity and shame to grace. A restored integrity will guide our behavior. We will feel more alive and regain a sense of happiness. We will hear ourselves laugh again and rediscover play. We will embrace change and will grow. 

    A spiritual awakening will free us from the tyranny of our addiction. An awareness of being guided by a Higher Power and supported by caring friends will sustain us. Regret for the past and worry for the future will give way to living for today. We will open ourselves to the amazing possibilities of a life worth living – our life. 

    Are these extravagant promises?
    We think not.
    We have seen them fulfilled. They are ours, if we want them and work for them.

    Last updated: November 15th, 2022