Wise Words

Sayings, Slogans, and "Catch Phrases" have been part of 12 step programs from the beginning.  Here are a few that we know.  The list grows with time.

First Things First

Live and Let Live

Let go and let God

Time takes time

One day at a time

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less

Live life on life's terms

You can't think your way into a new way of living...you have to live your way into a new way of thinking

GOD = Good Orderly Direction

HALT = don't get to Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired

Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion

HOW it works = Honesty, Open mindedness, and Willingness

SLIP = Sobriety Lost Its Priority

Don't pick up, ask for help, call your sponsor, and go to meetings

It's a simple program for complicated people

It works if you work it

Learn to listen and listen to learn

Many meetings, many chances; few meetings, few chances; no meetings, no chances

Meeting makers make it

People who don't go to meetings don't hear about what happens to people who don't go to meetings

To keep what you have, you have to give it away

How does it work? It works just fine

If you don't want to slip, stay away from slippery places

If you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got

If you sit in the barber's chair long enough, you'll eventually get a haircut

Most things can be preserved in alcohol; dignity, however, is not one of them

Progress, not perfection

think......think.......think

Keep it simple

This too shall pass

Stick with the winners

H O P E = Happy Our Program Exists

Recovery is a journey ...not a destination

To thine own self be true

Turn it over

Nothing is so bad, a drink won't make it worse

Willingness is the key

Keep the plug in the jug

Do it sober

Hugs not Drugs

Just for Today

Pass it on

Don't quit before the miracle happens

Time takes time

Use the 24-hour plan

When all else fails, follow directions

Change is a process, not an event

Call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first drink

I was sick and tired of being sick and tired

It's the first drink that gets you drunk

Take what you can use and leave the rest

Help is only a phone call away

One drink is too many and a thousand not enough

Keep coming back

Easy does it

Principles before personalities

Seven days without a meeting makes one weak

If it looks like a Duck and it Quacks like a Duck it's probably a Duck

One of the best parts of recovery is getting your feelings back. The worst part is getting your feelings back.

A GRATEFUL Alcoholic won't drink

Give time...time

Is your program powered by Will Power or Higher Power?

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

Misery is optional

God never made no junk

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less

Live life on life's terms

You can't think your way into a new way of living...you have to live your way into a new way of thinking

The key to freedom is in the Steps

If you want to stay clean, don't use

Learn to listen and listen to learn

Nobody ever found recovery as a result of an intellectual awakening

Call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first drink

You only get out of it what you put into it

An addict alone is in bad company

You can only keep what you have by giving it away

Recovery begins with the First Step

Nothing changes if nothing changes

It is possible to change without improving - it is impossible to improve without change

Experience, strength and hope not opinions, bullshit and dope

An addict cannot be grateful and hateful at the same time

Easy does it but do it

Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm

Feelings are not facts

Turn it over, don't turn it off

Seven days without a meeting makes one weak

Growing old is mandatory - Growing up is optional

Slogans are wisdom written in shorthand

 

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