Definition of Reward:
A thing given in recognition of service, effort, or achievement.

Synonyms of Reward:
recompense, prize, benefit, bonus, bounty, consideration, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail. We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.

Recovery from a compulsive illness such as alcoholism often brings “pats on the back.”
We should accept such pats on the back graciously, but without taking the personal credit this sort of praise implies.

We can become addicted to praise seeking, and we may even invite it as a way of building up self-esteem. The real victory may be in learning how to live after we’ve established our initial freedom.

We may get few pats on the back for our success in this everyday living, but our healthier lifestyle is reward enough. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B | More…

We used to look for an easier, softer way.
The work of adult life is this: to become spiritually centered.

And to do this, we work at getting rid of our self-will. There will be many great rewards
for doing this. We will wake up spiritually. –Keep It Simple | More…


The Twelve Rewards
We can all have……
Hope, instead of desperation;
Faith, instead of despair;
Courage, instead of fear;
Peace of Mind, instead of confusion;
Self-respect, instead of self-contempt;
Self-confidence, instead of helplessness;
Respect of others, instead of their pity and contempt;
A clean conscience, instead of a sense of guilt;
Real friendships, instead of loneliness;
A clean pattern of life, instead of a purposeless existence;
The love and understanding of our families, instead of their doubts and fears;
The freedom of a happy life, instead of the bondage of an alcoholic obsession. –Barefoot | More…


So many have sought the rewards of hard work without the labor, We learned the hard way that serenity comes only from working the steps and trying to “practice these principles in all our affairs.” Healthy relationships come as a result of lots of hard work and a new willingness to communicate. Friendship with our sponsor comes as a result of reaching out during the good times as well as the bad. We have found the path to a better way of life. To reach our destination, however, we must do the footwork. –Just For Today | More…


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