One of the most noticeable things one will often encounter when walking into the rooms of recovery is the countless seemingly simple slogans plastered over the walls. While these may seem self-explanatory, they often have deeper meanings that are derived from recovery literature.
They also often are steeped in a tradition of the thousands of men and women before us who found sobriety through recovery. The following list are some of the most common
Faith without works is dead
This slogan appears throughout the Big Book, and for good reason. It serves as a reminder that without action, nothing will change. The slogan is often coupled with the example of a man praying for food while sitting in a closet- he can pray all he wants for food, but without putting any action behind the prayer, surely he will starve to death!
Keep it simple, stupid!
This slogan is often painted around treatment centers and the fellowship rooms as an important reminder not to make the program more complicated than it has to be: go to meetings, call your sponsor, and help another alcoholic.
This too shall pass
Cravings and obsessions to use account for one of the most challenging aspects of early sobriety. This too shall pass is a powerful reminder that these thoughts, no matter how intense they are, are only fleeting.
Nothing changes is nothing changes
While this slogan may seem simple to the extent it is silly, it is for good reason! Far too often in addiction and recovery, we are very aware of the changes we want and need to make in our lives. This simple slogan stands as a reminder that simply knowing what needs to change is not enough, action must also occur for anything to change.
First things first
More often than not, newcomers enter recovery with the large majority of their life in utter shambles as a direct result of their addiction. This slogan serves as a reminder that before we can fix any of these problems, we must fix the principle problem that caused them – our substance abuse.
Easy does it
Most of us enter recovery with our lives in utter shambles. This slogan serves as a reminder that while we often may be in a rush to right every wrong in our lives, we must take it slow and rebuild our lives piece-by-piece, starting with recovery.
Progress not perfection
This slogan comes directly from the Big Book and is often read during How It Works to start off most meetings. When reading through the Steps or recovery literature, one can often become overwhelmed with the spiritual principles that are sought. Quite fittingly, this slogan is followed with the quote “we are not saints… we claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection”.
You cannot turn a pickle back into a cucumber
This classic recovery slogan deals with the crucial notion of acceptance. It reminds us that our alcoholism/addiction is a chronic condition that we will face for the duration of our lives. It teaches us that we must accept this fact, and deal with it on a day-to-day basis.
Just for today/One day at a time
Like many of the other slogans, this slogan serves as a reminder that the process of recovery takes time. It also reminds us that the time it takes to achieve our goals will usually always not be on our time, but on “God’s time”.
Principles before personalities
Recovery is full of people from all walks of life. Alcoholism and addiction does not discriminate age, race, class, or gender- thus, recovery often encompasses groups of people who otherwise would not associate. This slogan derives from the 12th Tradition, and reminds us that we must uphold the principles of recovery over any petty resentments we may develop with the personalities in the rooms.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.