Everyone who enters a 12 step program learns some recovery slogans. The idea is that if you say them often enough, you can actually change the way you think. I once heard two people talking about an AA meeting. One person said “I hate hearing the same stupid things over and over.” The other said, “I love it. So simple and comforting. The messages are clear. I always go away knowing exactly what I have to do.”
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Moral of the story. One was listening the other, not. Recovery Slogans Slogans are wisdom written in shorthand! Here’s the full list from AddictionZ:
Alcoholics Anonymous Slogans
AA formally uses these Simple Slogans to assist members to recover during difficult periods.
Easy Does It
First Things First
Live and let Live
One Day At a Time
But for the Grace of God
Principles before Personalities
Al-Anon Family Groups Slogans
Al-Anon formally uses the above AA Slogans as well as these slogans to assist members to recover during difficult periods.
Let go and let God
This too shall pass
Let it begin with me
Just for today
Courage to change
Overeaters Anonymous Slogans
Put down the fork
Nothing tastes as good as abstinence
Abstinence is the most important thing in my life
Gamblers Anonymous Slogans
Stay away from the first bet
One day at a Time
Don’t gamble for Today
Get to Meetings
Turn it Over
Other Helpful Saying’s heard around AA and other 12 Step Rooms
Where ever you go …….there you are
You are not alone
Stay sober for yourself
Look for similarities rather than differences
Remember your last drunk, use, bet etc
Remember that addiction is incurable, progressive, and fatal
It takes time to get better
Depression is anger toward inward
The lesson I must learn is simply that my control is limited to my own behavior, my own attitudes
The flip side to forgiveness is resentments
The elevator is broken——-use the ‘steps’
It isn’t the load that weighs us down——it’s the way we carry it
If I think, I won’t drink. If I drink, I can’t think
Sick and tired of being sick and tired
This is a selfish program
I drank, ate, gambled, etc: too much—too often—too long
Minds are like parachutes—-they won’t work unless they’re open
When your head begins to swell your mind stops growing
A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step
When a person tries to control their addiction they have already lost control
Poor me…..Poor me…… Pour me a drink!
It’s the “first” drink that gets you drunk
One alcoholic talking to another……..
Do it sober
Every recovery from addiction began with one sober Minute
The first step is the only step a person can work perfectly
You are not required to like it, you’re only required to DO IT
Your 12 step program will work if you want it to work
Keep coming back
If you want to drink—–that is your business, if you want to quit——-that is our business
Stay away from the First Drink, Drug, Bet (apply your specific addiction here)
Nothing is so bad, using won’t make it worse
Most folks commit suicide with a knife and fork (Eating disorders)
First we stayed sober because we have to… then we stay sober because we are willing to…. finally we stay sober because we want to…
One drink is too many and thousand not enough
Try not place conditions on your sobriety
Bring the body and the mind will follow
We all have another drunk left in us but we don’t know if we have another recovery in us
Be as enthusiastic about recovery as you were about your addiction
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem
Use the 24-hour plan
Live in the NOW
Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth
To keep it (recovery), you have to give it away
What goes around, comes around
Keep an open mind
Do the next “right thing”
If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere
To thine own self be true
There are two days in every week which we have no control over—-yesterday and tomorrow. today is the only day we can change.
When wallowing in your self-pity …… get off the cross! We need the wood
Learn a new dance – the old “Cross – Pot Shuffle” is out of vogue
Act as if………
It is not the experience of today that drives people mad—-it is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
Get it —give it—grow in it
Every day is a gift that is why we call it the ‘present’
Dry and tighten up (financially)
Before engaging your mouth, put your mind in gear!
Recovery is an education without a graduation
Easy does it, but do it
When all else fails, follow directions
Addicts heal from the outside in………but feel from the inside out
Stick with the winners
Look after the Little Things
Keep coming back……….it works if you work it
Sobriety is a journey ……….not a destination
We are only as sick as our secrets
Share your happiness
Share your pain
Count your blessings
We’re responsible for the effort – not the outcome!
Sorrow is looking back, Worry is looking around
Formula for failure: try to please everyone
Humility is our acceptance of ourselves
Enjoy your Recovery
Sober `n` crazy
How does one become an “old-timer”? Don’t drink or use and don’t die!
We addict’s are ‘gifted’ people
We don’t carry the alcoholic/ addict – we carry the message
The 12 steps tell us how it works; the 12 traditions tell us why it works………
Your 12 step program won’t ………..keep you from going to hell………….nor is it a ticket to heaven…………but it will………..keep u sober long enough………for you to make up your mind……………which way you want to go!
The person with the most sobriety at a meeting is the one who got up earliest that morning
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; It is thinking of yourself less.
If only …….
Around recovery or “in” recovery?
In action we got sympathy—–as long as our money lasted.
Your 12 step program never opened the gates of heaven to let you in, It did open the gates of hell to let you out
Danger sign: when your eyes have wandered from the alcoholic who still suffers and needs help—–to the faults of those whom the program has already helped!
There are none too dumb for the 12 step program – but many are too smart
I want what I want, when I want it
Alcoholism is the only disease that tells you you’re all right
The first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them
Knowledge of “the answers” never made anyone slip—it was failing to practice “the answers” that were known.
I can’t ………He can……….I think I’ll let him (steps 1,2,3)
If it works………Don’t fix it
Recovery is not something you join, it’s a way of life
God is never late
Courage is faith that has said its prayers
There is a God and I am not it
Faith is a lighted doorway, trust is a darkened hall
We had to quit playing god
There are no atheists in foxholes
Possibilities and miracles are one in the same
The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you
When we surrender to our higher power, the journey begins
I came -I came to – I came to believe
Faith without works is dead
Get out of the driver’s seat…….let go and let God
Fear is the absence of faith
When man listens, God speaks; when man obeys, God works
The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us
If God seems far away, who moved?
If faith without works is dead; then ………willingness without action is fantasy
Turn it over, the results are in god’s hand
Willpower = our will-ingness to use a higher power
Remember nothing is going to happen today that you and God can’t handle
Man’s extremity is god’s opportunity
AA = Altered Attitudes
I can’t handle it God; you take over
God answers “knee mails”
Backsliding begins when knee-bending ends
Spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves
There is no chemical solution to a spiritual problem
Faith is our greatest gift; sharing it with others our greatest responsibility
Respect the anonymity of others
Try to replace guilt with gratitude
Let go of old ideas
Change is a process, not an event
Take what you can use and leave the rest
The price for serenity and sanity is self-sacrifice
You can’t give away what you don’t have
There are 12 steps in the ladder of complete sobriety
Sponsors: have one—–use one—–be one
When you are a sponsor, you get out of yourself
If I serve, I will be served
Call your sponsor
Make use of the telephone therapy
Call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first drink
Help is only a phone call away
There are no coincidences in recovery
It works ——-it really does!
Your Big Book is your sponsor too
Willingness is the key
More will be revealed
Be nice to newcomers ………one day they may be your sponsor
“You will intuitively know” AA Promises click here to read the AA Promises in full
You will be amazed
12 step programs are a school in which we are all learners and all teachers
No pain………no gain
You either is——-or you ain’t (clean)
Some of us our sicker than others
We’re all here because we’re not all there
Alcoholism / addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer
The road to sobriety is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease
Pass it on
You received without cost, now give without charge
It’s in the book
Before you say: I can’t …………say I’ll try
Don’t quit 5 minutes before the miracle happens
Practice an attitude of gratitude
Another friend of Bill W’s (Bill Wilson is the co-founder of AA )
God will never give you more than you can handle
Have a good day unless of course you have made other plans
Decisions aren’t forever
90 meetings in 90 days………90/90
Don’t drink, don’t think, read the Big Book, and go to meetings
Recovery Acronyms and Word Associations
H.A.L.T. – hungry, angry, lonely, tired Stop everything and get back into recovery
H.O.W – honesty, open-mindedness and willingness
Kiss—keep it simple sweetie
Anger is but one letter away from danger
Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed
FEAR (f— everything and run)
Faith is spelled ……………a-c-t-i-o-n
We can be positive that our drinking was negative
The 7t’s —take time to think the thing through
EGO – Edge God Out
The 3 T’s of gratitude to repay for our sobriety: our time, our talent, our treasure
Keep your sobriety first, to make it last
Fear stands for Frustration
Carry the Message
The only thing we take from this world when we leave is what we gave away
We give it away to keep it
Trust god………clean house……..help others
There are members who MAKE things happen there are members who WATCH things happen there are members who DON’T KNOW anything happen WHICH ARE YOU ?
Active alcoholics don’t have relationships; they take hostages
There is a “slip” under every skirt – (an oldie from the politically incorrect days of AA that still is important today)
The lesson I must learn is simply that my control is limited to my own behavior, my own attitudes
The Tools Of Recovery
12 step Meetings – Attend at least one meeting a week
Plan of Recovery – Draw up a schedule of daily recovery actions with your sponsors help
Telephone – Use the telephone with other 12 step members to avoid Isolation and keep clean
Sponsor – Get a sponsor and Be a sponsor
Writing – Put things down on paper instead of letting them roll around in your head
Service – Set up the meeting room, chair a meeting, clean up the room after the meeting, greet newcomers.
Anonymity – Practice the non-use of gossip to make yourself feel better
Approved Literature – Read the approved 12 step literature
Spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves
Bend your knees before you bend your elbow
GOD = God Orderly Direction
Accept your admission and get a new attitude
There is no magic in recovery only miracles
The road to disappointment is paved with expectation
A “coincidence” is a miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous
It’s a pity we can’t forget our troubles the same way we forget our blessings
We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having human experiences
If it isn’t God’s will …………I can’t make it happen
If it is meant to be………..I can’t stop it
Pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth
Religion is for those who fear god………spirituality is for those who have been to hell and back
You are exactly where God wants you to be
To be forgiven – we must forgive
Time wasted in getting even can never be used in getting ahead
Be careful what you pray for; you’re liable to get it
If you turn it over and don’t let go of it, you will be upside down.
Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm
Trying to pray is praying
Sobriety delivers everything alcohol promised
God taught us to laugh again but God please don’t let us forget that we once cried
Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation
A 12 step meeting is where losers get together to talk about their winnings
What you hear and see here, stays here!
AA is the highest priced club in the world………if you have paid the dues, why not enjoy the benefits?
Chair a meeting
Share your experience, strength and hope, not just your garbage
Isolation is a killer, use your telephone list, come to an extra meeting, reach out and help the newcomer or struggling member.
Each and every alcoholic / addict —-sober or not—-teaches us some valuable lessons about ourselves and recovery
When you do all the talking you only learn what you already know
Seven days without a meeting makes one WEAK
AA has a wrench to fit every nut that walks through a meeting room door
12 step programs may not solve all your problems but are willing to share them
The time to attend a meeting is when you least feel like going
Don’t watch the “slippers” but watch those who don’t slip closely and watch them go through difficulties and pull through
Work the program from the waist up
Some people are so successful in AA that they turn out to be almost as good as they used to think they were when they were drinking.
AA spoils your drinking!
In AA we get understanding——for nothing!
Anonymity is so important it’s half of our name
Even my worst day in sobriety / clean is better than my best day drunk / using
When all else fails………the directions are in the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous)
If we don’t grow, we gotta go
Read AA approved literature. Other books and materials, while they may be excellent, are usually only one individuals slant on a subject.
All you need to start your own AA meeting is a resentment and a coffee pot!!
Why recovery never ends: the disease is alcoholISm, not alcoholWASM!
The AA way of life is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions
The smartest thing an AA member can say is, ” help me “
It takes the good and bad AA meeting—-the good and bad AA talk —–to make the fellowship “work”
3 A’s in AA—–affection (thoughtfulness) —–attention (listening) —–appreciation (gratitude)
Slippers in AA use the RDP—revolving door policy
AA works for people who believe in god AA works for people who don’t believe in god AA NEVER works for people who believe they ARE god
The AA 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 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.
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 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. The will always materialize if we work for them.
Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition p. 84
The Addicts Paradoxes:
From weakness (adversity) comes strength
We forgive to be forgiven
We suffer to get well
We surrender to win
We die to live
From darkness comes light
From dependence we found independence
An elder Apache was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them,”A fight is going on inside me; it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person too.”
They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Grandpa simply replied, “The one you feed.
Are you feeding your addiction or your recovery?
Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problems at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a LIFETIME. AlAnon
Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.