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One thing is for sure – the rooms of recovery have no shortage of acronyms that have been passed down over the years! While most of these acronyms seem simple or silly, they all drive home important reminders in achieving long-term sobriety.

These recovery acronyms are steeped in traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation of recovering addicts and alcoholics. Recovery acronyms carry strong messages that can help set and keep our priorities straight during difficult times

Here is a list of some of our favorite addiction/alcoholism recovery acronyms

ACTION: Any Change To Improve Our Natures

It is no surprise the phrase “faith without works (action) is dead” appears throughout the A man tells himself 5 common acronyms basic text. Action is the most important part of the program. It is only through action we see any change in our nature.

DENIAL: Don’t Even Notice It’s A Lie

One of the biggest struggles most newcomers face is denial. Often times the reality of early sobriety is so difficult that denial sets in.

It’s crucial to realize when this is occurring, and to fight off denial and stay reality-based.

ESH: Experience, Strength, Hope

Our experience with substance abuse, strength in getting sober, and hope for the future is what bonds us and keeps the fellowship together.

EGO: Edging God Out

Ego is one of the defining character defects of most alcoholics/drug addicts. It is crucial to remember that when ego takes the drivers seat in recovery, the God of our understanding most certainly takes the back seat.

FAITH: Fear Ain’t In This House

Fear is yet another one of the defining character defects that keeps us sick, and leads to the decision making that ultimately is self-destructive. Having faith is what keeps fear out of our minds and lets us make rational, non-fear based decision-making.

FEAR: Face Everything And Recover –or- F*$% Everything And Run

It is vitally important for us to remember, at any given time, we have two options. We can either face our problems head on, or we can chose to run back to our old ways of dealing with problems. It’s that simple!

FINE: F*$%ed up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional

Often times we will bury our problems and just claim “I’m fine” instead of addressing them. This acronym reminds us to speak our minds rather than bury our problems.

GOD: Good Orderly Direction

Many of us have a difficult time with the word God that appears in the steps and throughout our literature. This acronym provides a substitute meaning for those who chose to use the rooms of the fellowship (that provide good orderly direction) as their higher power/God.

HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired

The acronym HALT is meant to provide us with a simple relapse prevention tool. The feelings of being hungry (emotionally), angry, lonely, and tired can be warning signs that something might not be right. While everybody experiences these feelings regardless, if we feel these more than often we should take an honest appraisal of our program.

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HOW: Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness

These three action words provide the backbone of how we approach the twelve steps. Without any one of these, our chances at long-term sobriety decrease significantly.

KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid!

This acronym is so popular in the rooms, that it often is found hanging on the walls. This is for good reason – far too often we make the program way more complex than it actually is. Getting sober is certainly one of the most difficult things we will ever do, but the program itself is simple.

SLIP: Sobriety Lost Its Priority

Relapse is not a requirement, but an unfortunate reality of many people’s stories. When looking for reasons why the “slip” happened, it’s important to remember that no matter what the reasons, the main one will always be that sobriety lost its priority.

SOBER: Son Of a B*tch, Everything’s Real!

Drugs and alcohol numbed us from reality and from feelings. Once we become sober, reality often punches us in the gut! While this certainly makes early sobriety tough, it is ultimately one of the rewards of the program.

YET: You’re Eligible Too

This acronym provides a warning for when we use the word yet when speaking of consequences. It’s crucial for us to remember that unless we remain sober, the consequences that have not yet happened to us will certainly become possible once again.

Final Note

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.