FEAR = Face Everything and Recover (definitely recommended)
FEAR = Forgetting Everything's All Right
FEAR = Frantic Effort to Appear Real
FEAR = Frantic Efforts at Avoiding Responsibilities
FEAR = Frantic Efforts to Appear Recovered
FEAR = Frustration, Ego, Anxiety, Resentment
FINE = Faithful, Involved, Knowledgeable and Experienced
FINE = Feeling Insecure, Numb and Empty
FINE = Frantic, Insane, Nuts and Egotistical
FINE = Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional
FINE = Frustrated, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional
GAYS = Go Ask Your Sponsor
GIFT = God Is Forever There
GOD = Good Orderly Direction
GOD = Group of Drunks
GOYA = Get Off Your Ass
GUT = God's Undeniable Truths
HALT = Honestly, Actively, Lovingly Tolerant
HALT = Hope, Acceptance, Love and Tolerance
HALT = Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
HALTS = Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired and Stupid
HELP = His/Her Ever Loving Presence
HELP = Hope, Encouragement, Love and Patience
HOPE = Happy Our Program Exists
HOPE = Hearing Other Peoples' Experience
HOPE = Hang On! Peace Exists
HOW = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness
ISM = I, Self, Me
JUSTIFY = Just-if-I would have/could have...!!! Then I would have/could have
KCB = Keep Coming Back
KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid
KISS = Keep It Simple Sweetie
NUTS = Not Using the Steps
ODAAT = One Day At A Time
RDP = Revolving Door Policy
SLIP = Sobriety Lost Its Priority
SPONSOR = Sober Person Offering Newcomers Suggestions On Recovery
STEPS = Solutions To Every Problem Sober
TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More
TIME = Things I Must Earn
"Take care of the little things, the bigger things are easier to handle."
"Success is getting up after you fall down."
"Wisdom is knowledge you learn after you know it all."
"I may only have one recovery in me.”
"Serenity is what we get when we quit hoping for a better past."
"Prayers: You need the practice, and I need the prayers."
"An excuse is nothing more than a thin skin stretched over a bald faced lie."
"Sponsors are like clothes, if they don't suit you then change them."
"We are either working on recovery or we're working on a relapse."
"The sleeper gets nothing but the dream."
"90% of our problems are caused by our own thoughts"
“95% of what goes on in my mind is none of my business.”
"I will fabricate pain to set me up for future pain."
"Enjoy life today; it is not a dress rehearsal."
"The AA slogans are like railings for the Steps."
"Sometimes you need to lose yourself, before you can find anything."
"Just keep bringing the body. Sooner or later the mind will follow."
"Surrender is not being weak and giving up, it's simply coming over to the winning side and using a power greater than yourself to continue the journey."
"It all works out in the end; if it hasn't worked out yet, it's not the end."
"Things might not get better for me, but I can get better despite things."
"Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are."
"Even if you remove all the rum from a fruitcake, you still have a fruitcake."
"What happened in the past is over, you can't unscramble scrambled eggs."
"The longer you stay sober, the narrower the path."
"Attitude is 80% what happens to me and 20% how I deal with it."
"There is no escalator in AA; you have to take the steps."
"If I could drink like a regular person, I'd drink all the time. Therein lies our paradox."
"GOD never closes one door without opening another, but sometimes He makes us wait in the hallway."
"All you get from sitting on the pity pot is a big ring around your butt."
"When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door, that we don't see the one which has been opened for us."
"Don't forget that the world record is 24 hours"
"If you are not working on the solution you are working on the problem."
"Remember one thing, if you walk 10 miles into the woods, you have walk 10 miles to get out, and so you might as well just enjoy the walk now that you can remember it."
"Never Alone Never Again"
"GOD got you to it; He'll get you through it."
"Don't plant the fruit of today with the seeds of your past."
"High on coffee and nicotine, I'm a serene machine."
"The slogans are Band-Aids; the Steps are the cure; your Higher Power is the doctor."
"I've learned to stay out of my own way and let a greater power guide me and it works better than anything I could have ever dreamt up."
"Anything worth doing is worth doing wrong. Give up perfectionism and replace it with attitude.”
"Oh GOD Why me? Why not you?"
"We Can't Help You, If You Aren't Here!"
"If you want to change who you are, change what you do."
"We might as well “Let Go and Let GOD” because in the end He is going to do it anyway."
"My best thinking got me drunk."
"It's impossible to stumble when you are on your knees."
"The promises tell that I will no longer be afraid of economic insecurity not that I won't be screwed economically."
"Live life today as though you knew you were dying."
"I may not be where I want to be but thank GOD I am not where I was!!!"
"If you’re going to pray for potatoes, you'd better grab a hoe."
"Courage is Fear that has Learned How to Pray."
"The difference between scared and sacred is how we 'C' ourselves"
"The only problem with isolation is I'm the only one I get my solutions from." (Scary thought)
"Sometimes the hardest decision in life is which bridge to cross and which one to burn."
"Things aren't necessarily going wrong just because they're not going my way."
"I'm not where I need to be but thank GOD I'm not where I used to be."
"Justification and rationalization leads to masturbation because you're just screwing yourself."
"The worst prison is in your own mind."
"You can't stay sober today on yesterday's sobriety."
"I may not be much, but I'm all I think about all day."
"I would be fine, if I listened to opinions other than just my own."
"Keep your acceptance level high and your expectation level low."
"Going to meetings is like taking aspirin before a headache."
"I don't know how to make it better but I sure know how to make it worse."
"It's a Really Good Day to Be Sober, but It's a Great Day to Be In Recovery."
"Be good to yourself."
"There are several paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is the same."
"Drinking yourself to death is like cutting your throat with an electric razor. It hurts a lot and takes a long time."
"Sponsorship: Help someone up the hill, and you'll get to the top yourself."
"Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure."
"I once had the blues because I had no shoes, then when walking down the street I met a man with no feet!"
"Everything can be replaced except you."
"Drinking is a slow suicide, like being nibbled to death by a duck."
"Recovery allows me to break on through to the other side and see the world from a different perspective unencumbered by the bondage of active addiction."
"Recovery is good when you stay out of the driver’s seat."
"Doing what is right every day to the best of my ability insures my recovery ability."
"Being humble isn't that we think less of ourselves, it's that we think of ourselves less."
"My life is my gift from GOD. What I do with my life is my gift to GOD."
"Change your attitude or change your sobriety date!"
"People who don’t go to meetings never get to see what happens to people who don`t go to meetings."
"I am not the General Manager of the Universe; sometimes I tend to forget that."
"Happiness is wanting what you have, not doing what you want."
"Reality is a nice place to visit, but I really don’t like living there."
"A wrong decision isn't forever; it can be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved."
"In order to recover, one must know the difference in having faith in GOD, and actually trusting GOD."
"Don't think of it as having a bad day, think of it as second step work."
"Don't ask someone to be your temporary sponsor, unless you want to stay temporarily sober."
"I go to a lot of meetings because I never know when the miracles will happen and I want to be there when it does!"
"If you like everyone you have met at meetings, you haven't been to enough meetings."
"When you are standing on the edge of all that you have known and are about to step into the darkness, remember that one of two things can happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on or you will be taught to fly."
"Give all your problems to GOD. He’ll be up all night anyway."
"Feelings of guilt are GOD's way of letting me know I am out of balance spiritually."
"I am not guilty; I am accountable."
"It's not my job to grant awareness."
"Faith isn't the absence of fear but the courage to walk through it."
"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hold on for dear life!"
"The good news is that your feelings come back. The bad news is that your feelings come back."
"Without a program life is like a soup sandwich. No matter how you make it, you always wind up with a mess.”
"If you hang around the barber shop long enough you're going to get a haircut."
"I know I'm alcoholic 'cause I have a low tolerance for reality."
"The first thing you put ahead of your sobriety will be the second thing you lose."
"Nothing is so painful or insurmountable in my journey now. Someone is always there to share life's burdens with me."
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift - that's why they call it the present."
"If I get in the urge to pick up, I pray to GOD that it's the phone that I pick."
"Before recovery I thought I was GOD and now I gave up the job."
"Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past."
"I tried to contain myself but I escaped."
"Step One is GOD help me!"
"No matter how many times I fall I will always have a chance for a first class life."
"I knew all the words by heart, but I couldn't hear the music!"
"You know you're in recovery when everyone else sees a bum and you see a prospect!"
"We all have the same last name, Alcoholic."
"I believe in GOD Almighty and the Golden Rule. Everything else is just crowd control."
"Recovery is not something you get; it's something you work for."
"We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."
"In the beginning, it wasn't the parts of the book that I DIDN'T relate to that worried me; it was the parts of the book that I COULD relate to that worried me.”
"If you "think" you have an addiction or alcohol problem, remember where that "thought" came from; a sick mind can't cure a sick mind! We can't do it alone."
"Enjoy the moment, in a minute it'll be a memory."
"If your head is full of you; you'll learn nothing new."
"The wreckage of the past is environmentally safe and bio-degradable."
"GOD forgives in an instant, but character building is a lifetime proposition."
"Without the pain of introspect, there will be no gain of self-respect."
"We are all crazy, but thank GOD were not all crazy on the same day."
"I don't always have to believe what I'm thinking."
"Worrying is praying for something you don't want."
"GOD does move mountains but you have to bring the shovel!"
"I came into this program to save my ass and found it was attached to my soul."
"Holding a resentment is like drinking a glass of poison and waiting for the other person to die."
"I used to think I was a social butterfly, but I found out I was just a social fly."
"I can't, GOD can, why don't I let Him?"
"It's easy to quit drinking, put the plug in the jug. Living life on life's terms is the hard part."
"What you think of me is none of my business."
"Growing Old is Natural; Growing Up is Spiritual."
"I'd rather live sober in AA wondering if I'm really an alcoholic, than die drunk trying to prove I'm not."
"People may not always believe what I say, but they will always believe what I do."
"When alcohol beat me to my knees, I found I was right where I needed to be."
"Recovery is like sitting on the back of two seater bike; you don't get to steer but you have to keep peddling."
"I wasn't ready 'til I got beat half to death by the second step!"
"Forget Keep Coming Back and just stay with us."
"Working the steps gets self out of the way enough for GOD to work the miracle."
"Do not allow others to upset you; their only power comes from your reaction."
"Do not rent space in your head to other people's sicknesses."
"The definition of faith is believing what you cannot see. The reward of faith is seeing what you believe."
"If we stay sober Just For Today; we will never relapse because EVERYDAY IS TODAY."
"What I used to call boredom, I now call serenity."
"Dear GOD I understand No, I understand Yes, I don't understand WAIT."
"I was really crazy, definitely missing something up-stairs, it was 12 steps from a program that is for sure."
"My head is a bad neighborhood to be in by myself."
"Slogan for HOPE: Hang Onto Power Everyday."
"I went to the first meeting and didn't know what they were talking about; the only bit I could understand was when they said keep coming back. So I did that. "
"I used to think that I was Large and in Charge."
"You have to change you're playthings, playmates, and playgrounds to change your future."
“Why I go to meetings. It is difficult to solve a problem with the same mind that created it."
"If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got."
"GOD's will is to be of maximum service to others without regard of cost to self. Self-will is to be of maximum service to self without regard of cost to others."
"Lifer’s life. Life ain't half bad, if you don't fight life." (Al J. Died Sober)
"We alcoholics have a problem with commitment, consistency, and follow-through."
"I know I'm allergic to alcohol 'cause every time I drink, I break out in handcuffs."
"We pour it out so we don't have to pour it in."
"The biggest lie is that we all say we wish we could drink like normies. The truth is we all drank TO forget, TO get obliterated, TO get drunk."
"Look in the mirror and you will find what is bugging you."
"The Spirit within you is Stronger than the Spirits you pour in you."
"Around these tables, people let me steal their thoughts and ideas to help me stay sober. To me, this is the one time stealing is acceptable."
"When I say NO to you, I'm saying YES to me."
"You can't experience victory if you refuse to surrender."
"The program helps me to change the way I think, thus the way I feel, without having to pick up an intoxicating substance."
"Today is all you have."
"Resentments take a lot of work. They need to be held close, fed, and kept warn. Because if you don't take good care of them, they die. And then what good would a good resentment be, if it died?"
"With every Step I take, GOD holds the Solution; however, I have to be willing to work for my surrender."
"I only have two active brain cells left and today they aren't speaking to each other."
“White is the international color of surrender. So when you pick up a white chip, surrender.” (Ron S)
"Alcoholics need 2 things; something to believe in and something to do."
"I was simply existing to drink and drinking for oblivion; caught up in a vicious cycle, catching' hell and calling it fun."
"The bottom started falling out faster than I could lower my standards."
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."
"When you are in fear you should remember to go to you Higher Power and TRUST - Try Really Using Step Three."
"Take the program seriously, not yourself."
"Everything that is coming from inside if it is good or bad is my choice. No More."
"It takes a powerful man to rule over all with a loud voice. But it takes a truly wise man to change one person’s view with a whisper."
"Don't count the Days, Make the Days Count."
"Keep it Simple, Breath In, Breath Out; don’t drink in between Breaths."
"We are all human beings loved into existence by the miracle of GOD's love."
"Had to reconsider or die, I chose to get honest and LIVE!!!"
"Keep your nose in the Big Book."
"I have the patience of a gnat!"
"If it works, don't fix it."
“Humility is a perpetual quietness of heart.” (From Dr. Bob’s desk plaque)
"Those who piss us off the most are our greatest teachers."
"Addictions are cunning, baffling, powerful and very, very patient!"
"The world’s a tuxedo and I’m a brown shoe."
"If I have one eye on yesterday and one eye on tomorrow, I'll be cockeyed today."
"I am Twelve Steps away from a drink."
"This is a We Program."
"GOD, May everyone treat me tomorrow as I treated everyone today."
"I may not always know GODs will, but I ALWAYS know what his will is NOT."
"If you’re too busy for meetings, you’re too damn busy."
"After 15 years in the program, it finally struck me; the journey is the destination."
"You're not who you think you are."
"I cannot mend if I bend the truth."
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
“GOD does not choose those that are qualified, he chooses those that are willing.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“This is a Million Dollar Program, which was shoved down my throat one nickel at a time.”
“Don’t push a newcomer to do all 12 steps too fast…A heavy downpour runs off, whereas a gentle rain soaks in.” (Joe M)
“If you don’t think you are getting enough out of AA, what are you putting into AA?” (Joe M)
“It isn’t that I can’t see the solution. It is only that I can’t see the problem.”
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea.”
“What does not kill me makes me stronger.”
“The truth that makes men free for the most part is the truth which men prefer not to hear.”
“If nothing changes, nothing changes.”
“Let Go and Let GOD”
“Act as if”
“This Too Shall Pass”
“Keep Coming Back”
“Stick with the winners”
“Keep right size”
“Sobriety is a journey not a destination.”
“Poor me, poor me, pour me another drink.”
“I came, I came to, I came to believe.” (Steps 1, 2, 3)
“If GOD seems far away, who moved?”
“Turn it over.”
“Nothing is so bad that a drink won't make it worse.”
“We are only as sick as our secrets.”
“There are no coincidences in AA.”
“Be part of the solution, not the problem.”
“Sponsors: have one, use one, be one.”
“I can't handle it GOD; you take over.”
“It works, it really does!” (Page 88, line 8 in the big book)
“Willingness is the key”
“More will be revealed”
“You will intuitively know”
“You will be amazed”
“No pain.........no gain”
“Go for it”
“Keep the plug in the jug”
“Do it sober”
“Just for today”
“Sober `n` crazy”
“Pass it on”
“It's in the book”
“You either is or you ain't.”
“Before you say I can't, say I'll try.”
“Some of us are sicker than others.”
“We're all here because we're not all there.”
“Alcoholism is an equal opportunity destroyer.”
Practice an attitude of gratitude.”
“The road to sobriety is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease.”
“Another friend of Bill W's.”
“GOD is never late.”
“Have a good day unless of course you have made other plans.”
“Decisions aren't forever.”
“90 meetings in 90 days, 90/90.”
“You are not alone.”
“Where you go, there you are.”
“Don't drink, read the big book, and go to meetings.”
“Use the 24-hour plan.”
“Make use of the telephone therapy.”
“Stay sober for yourself.”
“Look for similarities rather than differences.”
“Remember your last drunk.”
“Remember that alcoholism is incurable, progressive, and fatal.”
“Try not to place conditions on your sobriety
“When all else fails, follow directions.”
“Count your blessings.”
“Share your happiness.”
“Respect the anonymity of others.”
“Share your pain.”
“Let go of old ideas.”
“Try to replace guilt with gratitude.”
“What goes around, comes around
“Change is a process, not an event.”
“Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth.”
“Call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first drink.”
“Sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
“To keep it, you have to give it away.”
“Man's extremity is GOD's opportunity.”
“The price for serenity and sanity is self-sacrifice.”
“One alcoholic talking to another; one equals one.”
“Take what you can use and leave the rest, but first think about it.”
“Help is only a phone call away.”
“Are you around AA or in AA?”
“You can't give away what you don't have.”
“An aluminum chip for 6 months made from a recycled beer can with all of the misery squeezed out.”
“One drink is too many and a thousand is not enough.”
“Pick up a white and give up the fight”
“Anger is but one letter away from danger.”
“The courage to change.”
“Easy does it, but do it”
“Accept your admission.”
“Dry and tighten up (financially).”
“We AAs are gifted people.”
“There are 12 steps in the ladder of complete sobriety.”
“Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.”
“Before engaging your mouth, put your mind in gear.”
“I want what I want when I want it.”
“There is no chemical solution to a spiritual problem.”
“AA is not something you join; it’s a way of life.”
“We can be positive that our drinking was negative.”
“Spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves.”
“Faith is spelled ......a-c-t-i-o-n.”
“Backsliding begins when knee-bending stops.”
“If I think, I won't drink. If I drink, I can't think.”
“Bend your knees before you bend your elbow.”
“The first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them.”
“Formula for failure: try to please everyone.”
“Willpower = our will-ingness to use a higher power.”
“AA is an education without graduation.”
“When your head begins to swell your mind stops growing.”
“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the First Step.”
“Be as enthusiastic about AA as you were about your drinking.”
“You received without cost, now give without charge.”
“Humility is our acceptance of ourselves.”
“Trying to pray is praying.”
“Get it ---give it---grow in it.”
“Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation.”
“We're responsible for the effort not the outcome.”
“This is a selfish program.”
“Keep your sobriety first to make it last.”
“I drank too much---too often---too long.”
“AA will work if you want it to work.”
“What you hear and see here, stays here.”
“Alcoholism is the only disease that tells you you're all right.”
“If you turn it over and don't let go of it, you will be upside down.”
“An AA meeting is where losers get together to talk about their winnings.”
“AA is a school in which we are all learners and all teachers.”
“GOD taught us to laugh again but GOD please don't let us forget that we once cried.”
“Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.”
“AA may not solve all your problems but it is willing to share them.”
“It isn't the load that weighs us down, it's the way we carry it.”
“Principles before personalities.”
“When you do all the talking you only learn what you already know.”
“The 7t's --- take time to think the thing through.”
“There are none too dumb for the AA program but many are too smart.”
“We all have another drunk left in us but we don't know if we have another recovery in us.”
“To be forgiven we must forgive.”
“When we surrender to our higher power, the journey begins.”
“The person with the most sobriety at a meeting is the one who got up earliest that morning.”
“Knowledge of ‘the answers’ never made anyone slip; it was failing to practice ‘the answers’ known.”
“The 12 steps tell us how it works; the 12 traditions tell us why it works.”
“AA won't keep you from going to hell, nor is it a ticket to heaven, but it will keep you sober long enough to make up your mind about which way you want to go!!!”
“If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy.”
“When a person tries to control their drinking they have already lost control.”
“The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.”
“Seven days without an AA meeting makes one WEAK.”
“You are not required to like it; you're only required to DO IT.”
“When wallowing in your self-pity; get off the cross, we need the wood.”
“We in AA don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message.”
“The results are in GOD's hand.”
“We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having human experiences.”
“Remember nothing is going to happen today that you and GOD can't handle.”
“When man listens, GOD speaks; when man obeys, GOD works.”
“Don't watch the "slippers" but watch those who don't slip closely and watch them go through difficulties and pull through.”
“The 3 t's of gratitude to repay AA for our sobriety: our Time, our Talent, our Treasure.”
“It's a pity we can't forget our troubles the same way we forget our blessings.”
“Be careful what you pray for; you're liable to get it.”
“The time to attend a meeting is when you least feel like going.”
“Work the program from the waist up.”
“AA is the highest priced club in the world; if you have paid the dues, why not enjoy the benefits?”
“The first step is the only step a person can work perfectly.”
“The will of GOD will never take you where the grace of GOD will not protect you.”
“Your big book is your sponsor too.”
“The only thing we take from this world when we leave is what we gave away.”
“Time wasted in getting even can never be used in getting ahead.”
“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.”
“Sobriety delivers everything that alcohol promised.”
“Possibilities and miracles are one in the same.”
“Get out of the driver's seat.......Let Go and Let GOD.”
“Danger sign: when your eyes have wandered from the alcoholics who still suffers and needs help-----to the faults of those whom the program has already helped.”
“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.”
“Slogans are wisdom written in shorthand.”
“Active alcoholics don't have relationships; they take hostages.”
“Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour.”
“Each and every alcoholic, sober or not, teaches us some valuable lessons about ourselves and recovery.”
“We had to quit playing GOD.”
“Don't compare, identify.”
“Don't intellectualize, utilize.”
“RULE 62----don't take yourself so damn seriously!!!”
“AA has a wrench to fit every nut that walks through a meeting room door.”
“Living in the here and now.”
“How does one become an ‘old-timer’? Don't drink and don't die!”
“A head full of AA and a belly full of booze don’t mix”
“AA spoils your drinking!!!”
“Faith is our greatest gift; it’s sharing with others our greatest responsibility.”
“If you want to drink-----that is your business; if you want to quit-------that is AA's business.”
“In a bar we got sympathy as long as our money lasted. In AA, we get understanding for nothing!”
“Even my worst day in sobriety is better than my best day drunk.”
“The elevator is broken - use the steps”
“Let it begin with me.”
“When all else fails, the directions are in the big book.”
“Trust GOD, clean house, help others.”
“Anonymity is so important it's half of our name.”
“If we don't grow, we will surely go.”
“All you need to start your own AA meeting is a resentment and a coffee pot!!! Of course you will still have the resentment.”
“Religion is for those who fear GOD; spirituality is for those who have been to hell and back.”
“There are no atheists in foxholes.”
“Three suggestions for making an AA speech: Be INTERESTING, Be BRIEF, Be SEATED.”
“When you are a sponsor, you get out of yourself. If I serve, I will be served.”
“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’.”
“You are exactly where GOD wants you to be.”
“GOD will never give you more than you can handle.”
“Slow but sure.”
“In AA we say a "coincidence" is a miracle in which GOD chooses to remain anonymous.”
“It takes the good and bad AA meeting, the good and bad AA talk, to make this fellowship ‘work’.”
“Give time .......time.”
“It takes time.” (Roy M, Brunswick, ME)
“Faith is a lighted doorway, but trust is a dark hall.”
“The lesson I must learn is simply that my control is limited to my own behavior and attitudes.”
---from weakness(adversity) comes strength ---we forgive to be forgiven ---we give it away to keep it ---we suffer to get well ---we surrender to win ---we die to live” ---from darkness comes light ---from dependence we found independence”
“AA works for people who believe in GOD & for people who don't believe in GOD. AA NEVER works for people who believe they ARE GOD.”
“Just for today I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life’s 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.”
“There are two days in every week which we have no control over, yesterday and tomorrow. Today is the only day we can change.”
“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.”
“Slippers in AA use the RDP---revolving door policy.”
“GOD has no grand kids.”
“The road to disappointment (resentment) is paved with expectations.”
“Be nice to newcomers - one day they may be your sponsor.”
“Denial is not a river in Egypt!”
“Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.”
“The flip side to forgiveness is resentments.”
“There is no magic in recovery only miracles.”
“Fear is the absences of faith.”
“Courage is faith that has said its prayers.”
“Depression is anger turned inward.”
“Alcoholics heal from the outside in, but feel from the inside out.”
“3 A's in AA-----Affection (thoughtfulness) -----Attention (listening) -----Appreciation (gratitude).”
“If it is meant to be...........I can't stop it & if it isn't GOD's will ............I can't make it happen.”
“There are AA members who MAKE things happen, WATCH things happen & who DON'T KNOW anything happen. WHICH ONE ARE YOU?
“Be careful that you don’t get the Paralysis of Analysis.”
“No major changes in your life for the first year.”
“The only thing spiritual about me is my feet. When they are busy doing AA work I am spiritual and when they are not, I am not.” (Bill L, Bath ME)
“Faith can’t be taught… it can only be caught.”
The difference between illness and wellness is that illness begins with “I” and wellness begins with “We”.
“Gratitude Without Action Is Hypocrisy”
“If you don’t stand for something, you may fall for anything” (Isaiah)
“I only drank on days beginning with "T"-Tuesdays, Thursdays, Today, Tomorrow…”
“If you drank enough to get to AA, you drank enough.”
“Alcohol provokes the desire but takes away the performance.”
“It's not what or how much you drank; it's what it did to you.”
“They didn't make a glass big enough for me to have just one drink.”
“An alcoholic is not a guy who thinks he's had one too many. He's usually the guy who thinks he's had one too few.”
“Being a "little bit alcoholic" is like being a "little bit pregnant.”
"Every alcoholic's favorite brand is more.”
“If you think you are an alcoholic, chances are, you are.”
“The destiny of every alcoholic is to be locked up, covered up or sobered up.”
“You're probably an alcoholic if: You think spilling beer is alcohol abuse.”
“We alcoholics either go to Yale or jail.”
“Alcohol went from being my best friend to my worst enemy.”
“An alcoholic can be in the gutter, yet still look down on people.”
“Guilt of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow is the shame of today.”
“Give us 90 days; if your life is not better we will gladly refund your misery, free of charge.”
“If you don’t take a 4th you will pick up a fifth.”
“Insanity is doing the exact same thing and expecting different results.”
“This a simple program for complicated people.”
“I may drink tomorrow but with God's help I'll have enough guts to stay sober today.”
“Things do not change, we do.”
“I can't, He can, I think I'll let Him.”
“Where ever you go... there you are.”
“It takes time to get better.”
“Do the next right thing."
“Enjoy your Recovery.”
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; It is thinking of yourself less.”
“Are you Around recovery or In recovery?”
“Faith is a lighted doorway, trust is a darkened hall.”
“God answers "knee mails".”
“Don't drink, don't think, read the Big Book, and go to meetings.”
“If it isn't God's will … I can't make it happen.”
“A 12 step meeting is where losers get together to talk about their winnings.”
“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.”
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
“With humility, we accept our place as one among many others.”
“There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.” (Henri Frederic Amiel)
“Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.” (Aristotle)
“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” (Buddha)
“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” (Thomas Szasz)
“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”( Reinhold Niebuhr)
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” (Melody Beattie)
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” (Buddha)
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” (Buddha)
“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” (Abraham Maslow)
“Your Higher Power has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.”
“Those who leave everything in God's hand will eventually see God's hand in everything.”
“Don't speak unless you can improve on silence.”
“Don't tease your disease.”
“Feelings aren't facts!!!”
“In AA, first we remove the anesthesia, then we operate.”
“Fellowship is the meeting after the meeting.”
“The steps keep us from suicide; the traditions keep us from homicide.”
“The only thing alcoholics do in moderation is the 12 steps!”
“Step 13: My life is unmanageable, and I want to share it with you.”
“A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.”
“You won’t find the answer to your problems curled up in the fetal position on you sofa, get up and go to a meeting.” (Ron S - Freeport, ME)
“Are you feeding your addiction or your recovery?”
“Out of my mind, be back in 5 minutes.”
“Hope is the weaker sister of faith.”
“When peeling an onion, there are different levels for difference devils.”
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” (Booker T. Washington)
“The Promises are in the Big Book. Start at page 1 and read till you find them.” (Jimmy P, Brunswick, ME)
“It takes a Home Group to raise a sober person.”
“Act as if.........”
"It hurt when I did it."
"A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know."
"If you think you're humble, you’re not."
"If you're doing AA there's no defending it and when you're not doing AA there's no denying it."
"There are no strangers here only friends you haven't met yet."
"There's not a spot where God is not."
"If I wanted what you had I'd get drunk & ask you to be my sponsor."
"Instant Asshole, just add alcohol."
"You can tell an alcoholic, you just can't tell them much."
"Try to taste your words before they come out of your mouth & ask yourself first: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?"
"Move a muscle, change a thought."
“Bring the body and the mind will follow.”
“Sobriety is the leading cause of relapse.”
“This is a one-day-at-a-time program. If you are sober today, you are tied for first place.”
“If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic.”
“I often obsessively pursue feeling good ... no matter how bad it makes me feel.”
“When I was new, I didn't think I had any obsessions, until I started thinking about it. Then, it was all I could think about.”
“How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink?”
“I never told a lie that wasn't TRUE!”
“If you want to quit drinking, you are going to have to quit drinking.”
“Newcomer: How do I know how many meetings I should attend each week? Old-timer: Gradually cut back until you drink. Then you'll know."
“If you're looking to have an image in AA, look around at the meetings you go to and take a look at who you're trying to impress.”
“I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that I am not.”
“The mind is a great servant ... but a lousy master.”
“The secret to the AA program is the first three words on page 112 of the Fourth Edition of the Big Book.”
“An alcoholic is a person who wants to be held while isolating.”
“Resentments are like stray cats, if you don't feed them, they'll go away.”
“The difference between a problem drinker and an alcoholic is that when the alcohol is taken away from the problem drinker, the problem goes away. When the alcohol is taken away from the alcoholic, the problem begins.”
“I would rather be a sober ANYTHING than a drunk Somebody.”
“I drank when I was happy. I drank when I was unhappy. Actually, I am a reason to drink.”
“You don't have to be sick to want to get well, but if you don't want to get well, you ARE sick.”
“I can't do God's will my way.”
“In order to change the way we feel we need to change the way we act.”
“There is only one way to coast, and that is downhill.”
“All we ask is that you completely change your attitude as soon as possible.”
“Never put people in AA on a pedestal ... there's no room to dance.”
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all, but whatever I have placed in God's hands I still possess.”
“Without memory, there is no healing. Without forgiveness, there is no future.”
“Our business is doing God's business. As long as we do God's business, whatever happens to us is none of our business. That's God's business.”
“It's not old behavior if I'm still doing it.”
“Drinking was in black and white; Sobriety is in Living Color.”
“Most people just get dead.” (John W, Brunswick, ME)
“If you think you’ve got Humility, huh, you just lost it.” (Janet, Brunswick, ME)
“What I said never changed anybody; what they understood did.” (Paul P)
“If we see only ourselves, it's a very lonely world.”
“Suicide is the severest form of self-criticism.” (Leonard Levinson)
“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.” (Carl Jung)
“Attitude is everything.”
“Today will be what we make it. Regardless of the weather, the kinds of work to be done, the personalities crossing our paths, we'll feel joy and peace if that is our choice.”
“Agonizing over circumstances that aren't to our liking or dwelling on our failure to control other people, whether friends or foes, has robbed us of the happiness that is always ours to experience.”
“Depression, anger, fear, and frustration shadowed our steps because we didn't take control of the only thing that's ever been in our control absolutely… attitude.”
“It's so easy to blame others for every wrinkle in our lives. But as we grow accustomed to the idea of taking full responsibility for how we think and feel, we'll be empowered. No longer will our sense of self feel diminished.
“We will be just as happy as we make up our minds to be.” (Abraham Lincoln)
“Nobody can mess with my attitude but me!”
“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” (Eleanor Roosevelt”
“Without prayer, I should have been a lunatic long ago.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”
“In the process of growing to spiritual maturity, we all go through many adolescent stages.” (Miki L. Bowen)
“I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.” (Charles Schulz)
‘If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out.” (Rabindranath Tagore)
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.” (George Eliot)
“When you can't stand criticism you learn to be a perfectionist.”
“Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.”
“Thinking thoughts doesn't make us bad and thinking thoughts doesn't make them happen.” (Alien Smith)
“There is no method or discipline or system of any kind that can ever command the spirit to be present.” (Tom Sampon)
“One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have to start with what's right about it and build on that.” (Norman Vincent Peale)
“Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.” (Henry David Thoreau)
“The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…” (Legal Oath)
“Denial ties me to the past.”
“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” (Thomas Fuller)
“A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.” (E. W. Howe)
“If you don't take chances, you can't do anything in life.” (Michael Spinks)
“God did not make us to be eaten up by anxiety, but to walk erect, free, and unafraid in a world where there is work to do, truth to seek, love to give and win.” (Joseph Fort Newton)
“Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.” (Ruth Gordon)
“Mile by mile, life's a trial. Yard by yard, it's not so hard. Inch by inch, it's a cinch.” (Proverb)
“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“If drinking is the answer, WHAT was the question?”
The sponsor tells the sponsee: “When it leaves my mouth it is a suggestion and when it hits your ears it is it is a must do”.
“If you are smart we’ll see you at the next meeting and if you are too smart it has been nice knowing you.”
“The best revenge is Forgiveness”
“There will come a time when a phone call is all that’s standing between you and acting out. Get every phone number you can. There’s no such thing as too many.”
“Make a minimum of three calls to another recovering person — every day. And I mean completed calls, not texts or voicemail. I don’t care if all you say is “Hi, it’s Joe; I’m okay.” The point is to interact with another human.”
“If you don’t get in the habit of making calls now, you won’t make them when you need to.”
“Your partner needs to know that if you can’t stay sober, the relationship is going to be miserable anyway. Time spent on meetings now will guarantee quality time together later.”
“Don’t try to make up for lost time. You can’t. All you can do is what you need to do to insure that you won’t lose even more.”
“Your addiction was your higher power. What makes you think you don’t need one to stay sober?”
“I don’t want to hear about why you slipped. Tell me how you’re going to keep it from happening again.”
“You couldn’t get sober by yourself, so what makes you think that you can stay sober by yourself?”
“Anything you put ahead of your recovery, you will lose! They’re right.”
“The First Step is the only one you have to do alone.”
“I’d rather be here by mistake than out there by mistake.” (Bill N - 60 years)
“Our worst enemies turn out to be our best teachers.”
“Gratitude will continue the miracle of your sobriety.”
“Nobody really wants to die; they just want the pain to stop.”
“The longest journey is from your head to your heart.”
“When pressed we always revert to type.” (Mary T - Brunswick, ME)
“There isn’t much to Get, but plenty to do.”
“I rewrote my fourth step five times because the first four made me look too bad.”
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
“I get drunk; We stay sober.”
“Acceptance does not require your approval.”
“I can’t even drink coffee responsibly, so I know that I can’t drink alcohol responsibly.”
“I didn't have a very happy childhood but I sure am having a long one!”
“I fight recovery tooth and nail; I'm not used to being sane, it just doesn't seem natural.”
“According to the great spiritual teachers, ignorance does not result from what we don’t know; ignorance results from what we think we do know.”
“Some think that 2+2=5 and believe it. Some know that 2+2=4 and can't stand it.”
"If we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only have a better-disguised ego." (Richard Rohr)
“449 - 32 = 417”
“I have to figure this out is not a slogan”
“Getting phone numbers will not help; unless you use them”
“If you don’t remember what you said at the meeting, then pray to hear it.”
“If you don’t do wrong, you can’t get caught.”(Sober Beginnings, Brunswick, ME 4/27/2016)
"Do one thing every day that scares you" (Eleanor Roosevelt)
“If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.”
“You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind. It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life. “ (Emmet Fox)
“If we want to change our lives, then we must change our thoughts first.”
“Every person that I meet knows something I don't; I must learn from them.”
“Sitting at a meeting thinking about drinking beats sitting at a bar thinking about being sober.”
“I don’t have defects of character; I have defects looking for character.”
“The road to recovery is long and winding.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“It takes a little ego to get into service but lots of humility to stay.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“Don't confuse busyness with action.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“Listen with your heart.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“Singleness of purpose is the purpose.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“If you have time in sobriety and not sharing the news you are stealing sobriety from someone else.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“We have gratitude scars.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“With sobriety comes responsibility.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“It's the verbs that make sobriety happened and not the nouns.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“Everything needs to be said but everyone doesn't need to say it.” (66th GSC Quotable Quotes)
“Another level, another devil.”
“I never regretted anything that I didn’t say.”
“Drinking beer doesn't make you fat; it makes you lean.... Against bars, tables, chairs, and poles.” ( Benjamin Franklin)
“I have a mind that wants booze and a body that can’t have it.”
“The real 13th step: Listen up.”
“Do now, understand later.”
“A cry of pain hits the ear of God.”
“The one who pursues revenge should dig two graves.” (Chinese Proverb)
“To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.” (Benjamin Franklin)
“Seek humility or it will find you.”
“Laughter is a window to my soul and the hotline to my spirit.”
“The meaning of life is to find your gift and the purpose if life is to give it away”
“A sponsor would rather step on your toes than on your grave”
“If I was controlling the drink I wasn’t having fun; if I was having fun I wasn’t controlling.”
“AA is a Journey not a Pleasure Cruise.”
"The advantage of wisdom is that you can always act the fool. The opposite is quite tough."
“A coincidence is God’s way of staying anonymous.”
“Don’t let the gifts of AA be the gifts that take you away.”
“Sobriety moves at the speed of willingness.”
“It is possible to starve to death reading cook books and also possible to get drunk reading the Big Book. Action will prevent that!”
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
Be careful of your thoughts
For your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words
For your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions
For your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits
For your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character
For you character becomes your destiny.”
- Author unknown
“Where there is a heartbeat there is hope.”
“Time is your friend.”
“Forgiveness means giving up all hope of changing the past.”
“Insanity is doing a 12 Step Program and not doing all 12 steps.”
“Prayer is the fuel that lights the fire of action” (Dr. Anna Yusim)
“We supply the HOPE, you supply the ACTION.”
“Listen and Silence have the same letters.”
“My Karma ran over your Dogma.” (Jimmy)
“Recovery is working instead of whining.”
“A happy wife is a happy life.”
“Suggestions are easier to take when you have run out of options.”
“It is impossible for a person to learn what they think they already know.” Epictetus (AD 55–AD 135)
“Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems and action is the glue that binds it to my being”
"After repeatedly falling off the beam, I decided to stay on the floor."
"Glad to be here with my two remaining brain cells."
"When I’m wrapped up in self I’m overdressed."
"I overcame many advantages to be with you today."
"Never had a bad day. I’ve had bad things happen, but always on a good day."
"AA is an adjustable wrench that fits any nut."
"In sobriety it is possible to be almost as miserable as when you are drinking."
"Isolation is a self-inflicted head wound."
"Guilt is from what you did. Shame is from who you are."
"If you do this program, there is no guarantee you will get the life you want. But if you do not do this program, you will absolutely not get the life you want."
"Sip it, don’t gulp it."
"You can let go, or you can be dragged."
"Baby steps people, baby steps."
"Step 1 identifies the problem (powerless). Step 2 identifies the solution (power). Steps 3 through 9 help me find the solution in Step 2 that solves the problem is Step 1. Steps 10-12 help me turn that solution (power) up."
"I’d rather learn from your mistakes than make them myself."
"I found the basement of my rock bottom."
"There will always be someone who does not recognize your self-worth. Don’t let it be you."
"As long as I don’t put one in me, it will be a good day."
"Don’t believe everything you think."
"It is never the caboose that kills you."
"Things go best when God steers and I row. God will let me steer, but he won’t row."
"Want to make God laugh? Plan your day."
"I resented not having boots until I met the man with no feet."
“We will figure it out” is not one of our slogans."
"Our disease is an inability to have a relationship with anyone."
"Forgive yourself for being human."
"Victims don’t stay sober."
"Show up, clean up, grow up."
"Self-pity gives you permission to not change."
"If everyone threw their problems onto the table, you’d have to fight to get yours back."
"Self-pity makes you fight to keep feeling bad."
"Per the Meditation Police, 'You have the right to stay silent.'"
"If you’re not embarrassed on a daily basis, you’re not paying attention."
"God comes to us disguised as our life."
"AA is a crazy bank where you can make withdrawals before you put anything in."