Recovery sayings, quotes and principles

The program of Alcoholics Anonymous developed sayings over the years.  While this quips may seem silly to those who do not struggle with addiction, to those who are recovering it becomes a simple way to stop, think and reflect before one uses.  What proverbs are to the Christian, these proverbs, while not directly inspired, help reflect certain truths to the addict.


  • Self-will can get me what I want right now,
    God's will can provide what I need for eternity.

  • HALT: Don't get
    too Hungry,
    too Angry,
    too Lonely, or
    too Tired!!

  • Never walk unescorted through your own mind- it can be a dangerous neighborhood.

  • Expectations are premeditated resentments.

  • It helps to learn the difference between being responsible to others and being responsible for others.

  • Recovery is an inside job.

  • Fear is a darkroom where negatives are developed.

  • You canít change yesterday, but you can ruin today by worrying about tomorrow.

  • Feel, Deal and the Heal
    (Feel it, Deal with it and then Heal from it)

  • Happiness is not getting what you want, it is wanting what you get.

  • This too shall pass.

  • Listen and learn.

  • Al-Anon doesnít give us the choice between feeling good or feeling bad-it gives us the choice between feeling and not feeling.

  • Focus on the program-not the problem.

  • Fear is not a shortcoming- itís an emotion. Our reaction to it can be the shortcoming.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    Does not work in theory...
    it only works in practice.  
    Dallas B.

  • After physical recovery our sobriety
    depends largely how we discipline our
    emotions and live The A.A. Program....
    Not just from knowing it.

  • "True addiction recovery lies in the ability to deal with root issues, not simply medicate the symptoms of them."     D.B.

  • Don't give me advice...
    Tell me about your Experience and Strength...
    It gives me hope...


    a) Breathe In
    b) Breathe Out
    c) Don't drink in between! 

  • An addict has an uncanny sense of being able to be grandiose and have low self esteem at the same time.

  • SLIP


  • Step One: You messed it up.
    Step Two: It can be fixed
    Step Three: But not ... by you!

  • If you're having trouble believing in a power greater than yourself...
    Just try believing in a power OTHER THAN YOURSELF!

  • You have received without cost...
    Now give without charge.

  • STEPS?


  • NUTS?



    God, Grant me the maturity
    to accept what I'm feeling
    and the courage to correct
    the actions that I took
    that made me feel this way.            
    Dallas  B.

  • True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking less about yourself.




Other quotes


"It is important to speak you mind, even when your voice is shaky."