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Some recovery slogans heard around Twelve Step meetings.

Recovery slogans are deeply rooted in the real life experience of millions of recovering people. Although often overused and sometimes not appreciated, they do not lose their truth.

The following recovery slogans were suggested over time by DRA members who have found them useful in their personal dual recoveries. They are not part of DRA World Network approved literature, nor are they authored or copyrighted by DRA.

  • First Things First

  • Live and Let Live

  • Let go and let God

  • Time takes time

  • One day at a 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 have to live your way into a new way of thinking

  • The key to freedom is in the Steps

  • 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

  • The newcomer is the most important person in any meeting

  • Keep coming back, 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

  • Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die

  • 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

  • Take what you need and leave the rest

  • If you expect respect, be the first to show some

  • Keep the plug in the jug

  • Do it sober

  • Although we are not responsible for our disease we are responsible for our recovery

  • Hugs not Drugs

  • Just for Today

  • Recovery doesn't happen overnight

  • Pass it on

  • If you want to stay clean, don't use

  • Don't quit before the miracle happens

  • Time takes time

  • Learn to listen and listen to learn

  • Use the 24-hour plan

  • Nobody ever found recovery as a result of an intellectual awakening

  • When all else fails, follow directions

  • Change is a process, not an event

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

  • Give time time

  • I was sick and tired of being sick and tired

  • You only get out of it what you put into it

  • It's the first drink that gets you drunk

  • An addict alone is in bad company

  • You can only keep what you have by giving it away

  • Take what you can use and leave the rest

  • Recovery begins with the First Step

  • Help is only a phone call away

  • 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

  • One drink is too many and a thousand not enough

  • Keep coming back

  • An addict cannot be grateful and hateful at the same time

  • Easy does it

  • Easy does it but do it

  • Stick with the winners - Win with the stickers

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

  • Feelings are not facts

  • Principles before personalities

  • 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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Preventing Relapse Main Page
A few common tools that sustain recovery and help in times of crisis are:
Journaling our progress in recovery
Meetings, attending DRA and other 12 Step support meetings
The telephone, reaching out
Prayer and meditation  seeking guidance

Reading recovery books and literature

A plan of action, a written list of things to do when sudden cravings strike or symptoms increase
  Additional forms and lists that can help us to build a personal relapse prevention plan
Relaxation techniques
Service work, helping others
The Steps, the basis of our recovery
Talking to sponsors, caring advisors, and recovering friends
Recovery slogans
First Things First  
This Too Shall Pass  
One Day At A Time  
Easy Does It  
Keep It Simple  
Live And Let Live  
The Serenity Prayer
Today I will do one thing
More Slogans 


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