March 20, 2013

AA Sayings (A)

AA is a simple programme for complicated people Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith were keen to keep the AA programme as simple as possible. They also kept the structure of the AA organisation as simple as possible with few rules and no hierarchy. However, people are complicated and alcoholics […]
March 20, 2013

AA Sayings (B – D)

Bring the Body and the Mind will Follow This is true in many aspects of life. In AA it refers to keep going to meetings even if at first you do not like them or understand them – if you keep going it is highly likely that something will penetrate […]
March 20, 2013

AA Sayings (D – E)

Don’t Quit Before the Miracle Happens This is another version of ‘keep coming back’. There are very few people who go to their first AA meeting and never drink from that moment on (though such people do exist – my sponsor is one of them). The rest of us attend […]
March 20, 2013

AA sayings (F – G)

Find your bottom, save your ‘ass’ Many people have heard of the term ‘rock bottom’ and the saying that every alcoholic and addict needs to reach rock bottom in order to get well. This is true but what is less well understood is that everyone’s rock bottom is very different. […]
March 20, 2013

AA sayings (G – I)

God provides for the robin but he does not deliver the worm to the nest The AA programme is one of action. We not only need to take a decision to get and stay sober, we also have to actually do something about it. If we do not go to […]
March 20, 2013

AA sayings (I – K)

If you walk into a propeller, you are not going to worry about which blade hit you first Some AA groups are quite funny if you admit to being addicted to other things such as recreational drugs. Some frown upon the use of some prescription medication. However, many people develop […]
March 20, 2013

AA sayings (L – M)

Let Go and Let God This phrase deals with two aspects of the recovery programme. First, a lot of us are control  freaks and need to stop trying to influence everyone and get them to do what we want them to do. We have to accept that the only people […]
March 20, 2013

AA Sayings (M – N)

More will be revealed This is one of my favourite AA sayings. I first came across it when I was in treatment and my counsellor said it in a way that got my curiosity going. He said it in a slightly humorous way when talking about one of my peers […]
March 20, 2013

AA sayings (O – T)

One Day At A Time This is probably one of the best known of all the AA phrases. When I first came into recovery I actually thought this was quite an uninspiring phrase as I thought it meant we kept sober by sheer effort on a daily basis. Just clinging […]
March 20, 2013

AA Sayings (T)

There is a God and It is not Me Many of us alcoholics are a strange mix of ego and self-will plus actually very low self-esteem – but the ego and self-will are often uppermost (together with the bluster). Many of us have notched up quite a lot of success […]
March 20, 2013

AA Sayings (W – Y)

We aren’t a glum lot This comes from page 132 of the Big Book and you only have to go to an AA meeting to find the truth in this. There is usually a lot of laughter at AA meetings as we tell some of the stories of our drinking […]