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When we are having a hard time or feeling overwhelmed by life's demands, it helps to remember our most important priority. We need above all to stay abstinent and stable. Without that we have little real chance of sorting out life's complexities.

A lot of us tend to overcomplicate things. This simple slogan reminds us that we can reduce things to their basic components and deal with them in manageable sized chunks. By focusing on one thing or one part of one thing at a time, the impossible becomes a series of small manageable tasks.

Active addiction distorts our thinking. It takes time to lift the fog of drugs and alcohol. It can take time to get our medications adjusted just right. The slogan, Keep It Simple, reminds us to be gentle with ourselves, enhances our recovery, and helps us to reduce stress. 

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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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