“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 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. 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. The fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will sudden 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.
These promises indeed are true and we know they are true because of the witness of the thousands of addicted persons who are now free from their compulsions because of working the Twelve Steps for any addiction imaginable have found that their compulsion has been defeated and they are recovering their very best selves.”
SOURCE: Depressed Anonymous (2013) 3rd edition. Depressed Anonymous Publications Louisville, KY . Page 109.