What are some of the slogans of the Twelve Step program?
If you have been to Twelve Step meetings you probably have heard some or all of these slogans before. Take a few minutes now to really think about what each one means.
One day at a time
Recovery is a journey to be taken one step at a time. The goal is to avoid taking the first drink or first hit, and to stay sober one day at a time.
First things first
If you don’t stay sober, nothing else will matter. Your first commitment must be sobriety. This means being prepared to make whatever hard decisions are necessary in order to stay clean and sober at least for today.
Easy does it
Avoid taking on too much at once—especially during early recovery.
Live and let live
We must all live our own truth and, in the end, travel our own unique and sometimes painful path in life. As recovering people, we most focus our energies on living our lives to the fullest, not on controlling someone else’s path or judging their progress.
Let go and let God
Some things cannot be accomplished by human power alone. When you’ve done all that you can, ask your Higher Power to help do the rest.
Accept life on life’s terms
Acknowledge reality, and learn to embrace your life as it is. Life is the way life is. But you are changeable.
Progress, not perfection
The goal is to make progress, not to achieve perfection. Trying to reach perfection is trying to do the impossible. Remember, perfectionism stands in the way of maturity, emotional balance, and spiritual growth.
This too shall pass
Everything in life is temporary. Change is the only thing that’s permanent. Live in the moment and enjoy life to the fullest. Don’t let momentary setbacks, pain, or crises keep you from staying sober.
Turn it over
Turning over your will and your life to your Higher Power means asking for your Higher Power’s guidance. Give up control and turn it over to your Higher Power instead.
Go with the flow
When you go with the flow, you practice acceptance and bring your will in line with your Higher Power’s.
Keep it simple
This is a reminder not to complicate matters. It helps the alcoholic or addict to focus on staying sober and not become distracted by unimportant issues. It’s also a reminder that all problems don’t need to be solved at once.