12 STEP RECOVERY SLOGANS

  • Abstinence is a Journey, not a Destination.
  • If God seems farther away, who moved?
  • Identify don't Compare.
  • Practice an Attitude of Gratitude!
  • Bend your knees before you bend your elbow.
  • Bloom where you are planted.
  • Change is a process, not an event.
  • Backsliding begins when knee-bending stops.
  • The First Step in overcoming mistakes is to ADMIT THEM!
  • Formula for Failure: Try to please everyone.
  • We're responsible for the effort not the outcome.
  • In OA, we don't carry the compulsive overeater, we carry the message.
  • Donít curse the darkness; Light a candle.
  • I'm perfectly imperfect.
  • Live and let live.
  • Itís not the extra string bean that counts; itís the decision to take it.
  • Thereís a blessing of a lesson in every problem.
  • The greatest of all faults is to tell yourself that you have none.
  • Be as passionate about the program as you were about the food.
  • Recovery is a lifestyle, not a turnstile.
  • The program steps and tools are suggested; we also suggest that you donít jump from an airplane without a parachute.
  • I can't, God can, I think I'll let Him (Steps 1,2,3).
  • Keep coming back, it works if you work it and work it Ďcause youíre worth it.
  • Circumstances do not MAKE us who we are, they REVEAL to us who we are.
  • I can't handle this one God; please take over.
  • Too blessed to be stressed!
  • Don't quit 5 minutes before the miracle happens!
  • OA is the Soul-ution.
  • Just for today, I can be abstinent.
  • We're all here because we're not all there.
  • Compulsive Overeating is an equal opportunity destroyer.
  • The road to abstinence is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease.
  • Have a good day, unless of course you have made other plans.
  • Perfectionism is the purest form of self-abuse.
  • The world record for abstinence? 24 hours!
  • Make use of the telephone therapy.
  • I donít have an eating problem; I have a thinking problem!
  • Always remember your last binge.
  • Remember that compulsive overeating is incurable, progressive, and fatal.
  • YOU may be just what someone is looking for today!!
  • BE YOURSELF TODAY, so the rest of us can relish in your unique magnificence!
  • You can DO what you want, or you can GET what you want.
  • It's not what you're eating; it's what's eating you.
  • I have met wisdom and I have met kindness, and kindness is better.
  • Comparison is the shortest route to insanity.
  • Compared to me, I am spectacular.
  • If your butts in the chair, you're in recovery.
  • The pen is mightier than the food.
  • Forgive easily - as if your life depends on it.
  • Call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first bite.
  • To keep it, you have to give it away.
  • Thankfulness is passive; Gratitude is active.
  • Man's extremity is God's opportunity.
  • Powerless does not mean helpless or hopeless.
  • ďWhat ifĒ gets you nowhere, ďYeah butĒ halts progress in its tracks, ďIf onlyĒ never came true.
  • My best thinking got me here.
  • While I'm sitting in a meeting, my disease is doing push-ups in the parking lot.
  • Trust God, clean house, help another overeater.
  • Help is only a phone call away.
  • Pray for those who hurt you; they need the prayers and we need the practice.
  • Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies.
  • One bite is too many, a thousand not enough.
  • Half measures availed us nothing.
  • Easy does it.
  • We will love you until you can love yourself.
  • An unwillingness to forgive is a form of self-abuse.
  • Before engaging your mouth, put your mind in gear.
  • A diet has a beginning and an ending; a plan of eating has no end.
  • O.A. is not something you join; it's something you live.
  • We can be positive that our overeating was negative.
  • Take the mess to your sponsor; take the message to the meeting.
  • Acceptance is vital. It is what it is!
  • Sorrow is looking back; worry is looking around; hope is looking forward.
  • Willpower= Willingness to use a Higher Power.
  • OA is an education with no final exam and no graduation.
  • Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
  • Unity does not mean uniformity.
  • G.O.D. = Good Orderly Direction. E.G.O. = Edging God Out.
  • Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth.
  • Our disease is mind altering, but so is our recovery.
  • OA adds years to your life and life to your years.
  • Trying to pray is praying.
  • Humility is acceptance of ourselves and others, good and bad.
  • Compulsive eating does not drown our problems, it irrigates them.
  • Co-incidences are God's way of remaining anonymous.
  • Keep your abstinence first to make it last.
  • If you turn it over and don't let go, you will be upside down.
  • OA is a school in which we are all learners and all teachers.
  • God teach us to laugh again, but please don't let us forget that we once cried.
  • Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.
  • It isn't the load that weighs us down; it's the way we carry it.
  • When you do all the talking you only learn what you already know.
  • I might have another binge left in me, but I might not have another recovery.
  • When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins.
  • The person with the most abstinence at a meeting is the one who got up earliest.
  • H.A.L.T. = Don't get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. (or bored!)
  • F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real
  • Plan for tomorrow, but live for today.
  • Getting something you've never had requires doing something you've never done.
  • The 12 Steps tell us how it works; the 12 Traditions tell us why it works.
  • We meet all types in life so that we can better appreciate those we keep closest.
  • Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen.
  • When a person tries to control their overeating they have already lost control.
  • The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
  • Seven days without an OA meeting makes one weak.
  • S L I P = Serenity Losing its Priority
  • You are not required to like it; you are only required to DO it.
  • Many things can be preserved in sugar; but dignity is not one of them.
  • You can't think your way into a new way of living; you have to live your way into a new way of thinking.
  • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
  • We came to OA to save our butt, and found out our soul was attached.
  • Listen to the message... not the messenger.
  • Happiness is not getting what you want; itís wanting what you get.
  • People who don't go to meetings don't hear about what happens to people who don't go to meetings.
  • ďAnd acceptance is the answer to ALL my problems today.Ē
  • Abstinence is a state of mind, ďpersonality change sufficient to bring about recovery.Ē
  • Nobody ever found recovery as a result of an intellectual awakening!
  • H O P E = Happy Our Program Exists
  • In OA we don't carry the overeater; we carry the message.
  • We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having human experiences.
  • Seriously, donít take yourself too seriously. (Rule 62)
  • The time to attend a meeting is when you least feel like going.
  • The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
  • Your Big Book is your sponsor too.
  • Time wasted in getting even can never be used in getting ahead.
  • Some OAs are so successful that they turn out to be almost as good as they used to think they were!
  • Abstinence delivers everything that food promised.
  • Being 'willing' to do something is not the same as 'wanting' to.
  • First we stay abstinent because we have to, then because we are willing to and finally because we want to.
  • Every moment is a gift; that's why we call it the present.
  • If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
  • Every recovery from overeating began with one abstinent hour.
  • The only thing that I need to know about God is that I'm not it.
  • O.A. has a wrench to fit every nut that walks through the door.
  • How does one become an old-timer? Don't overeat and don't die.
  • Faith is our greatest gift; itís sharing with others our greatest responsibility.
  • If you want to overeat, thatís your business; If you want to quit and can't, thatís OA's business.
  • My worst day in abstinence is better than my best day of overeating.
  • The answer is in the steps and the directions are in the Big Book.
  • Anonymity is so important itís half of our name!
  • All you need to start your own OA meeting is resentment and a coffee pot.
  • Religion is for those who fear Hell; Spirituality is for those who have been there.
  • Intolerance = Contempt, prior to investigation.
  • The smartest thing an OA member can say is, ďHelpĒ.
  • I can do something for 24 hours that would appall me to do for a lifetime.
  • Just for today I will not tackle my whole life problems at once.
  • It is not the experience of today that drives people mad, it is remorse of yesterday and the dread of tomorrow.
  • The road to resentment is paved with expectation.
  • Be nice to newcomers; one day they may be your sponsor.
  • Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.
  • There is no magic in recovery, only miracles.
  • OA is the last stop on the train.
  • Weíll love you until you can love yourself.
  • Try to be grateful and resentful at the same time, you canít serve two masters.
  • If I have a problem and eat over it, I have two problems.
  • We donít get run over by the train, we get hit by the engine (1st. bite).
  • FAITH: Fantastic Adventure in Trusting Higher Power.
  • Success means getting your Ďbutí out of the way.
  • The easier softer way is one through twelve.
  • Donít work my program, or your program, work THE program.
  • A COEís mind is a dangerous neighborhood; donít go in there alone.
  • Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections!
  • Cunning, baffling, powerful, and patient.
  • Where do I find abstinence? Twelve steps past any length.
  • How does it work? It works just fine.
  • Short version of the Serenity Prayer: Fix it or forget it.
  • N.U.T.S. = Not Using the Steps
  • The unwritten Promise -- You never have to be alone.
  • Fake it till you make it.
  • Donít let unpleasant people rent space in your head.
  • Try it for 90 days, and if you donít like it, weíll gladly refund your misery.
  • Go to meetings when you want to, and go to meetings when you donít want to.
  • We have a disease that tells us we donít have a disease.
  • My daily abstinence is contingent on my spiritual condition.
  • Yesterday is a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, only today is cash in the bank.
  • Ask an overeater what time it is and heíll tell you how to build a clock.
  • I am unique, just like everybody else.
  • If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
  • Binging is committing suicide on the installment plan.
  • I donít always know what Godís will is for me, but I always know what itís not.
  • I didnít get abstinent to be miserable.
  • I didnít experiment with food. I was in advanced research and development.
  • I love you, God loves you, and thereís nothing you can do about it.
  • If God is your co-pilot, switch seats.
  • There are three kinds of business: my business, Godís business and none of my business.
  • If your head falls off, put it in a paper bag and take it to a meeting.
  • Thereís safety in numbers: One through twelve.
  • OA is a simple program for complicated people.
  • My best thinking got me here.
  • You canít speed up your recovery, but you can sure slow it down.
  • Every bite I ate got me here. Every bite I donít eat keeps me here.
  • I came for the vanity and stayed for the sanity.
  • What others think of me is none of my business.
  • Keep your head where your feet are.
  • If nothing changes, nothing changes.
  • Expectations are premeditated resentments.
  • You must be present to win.
  • Glance at the past, but donít stare at it.
  • Today is the tomorrow that I worried about yesterday.
  • When you feel left out, reach out.
  • Worrying is like praying for what you donít want.
  • Even if I'm on the right track, if I don't move I'll get run over.
  • Feel, Deal and Heal - Feel it, Deal with it and Heal from it.
  • Thoughts are not things and feelings are not facts; they only have the power we give them.
  • No matter how far off the path we've stumbled, we're always 12 steps from the solution!
  • If you keep doin' what your doin', you'll keep gettin' what your gettin'.
  • BINGE Ė Because Iíve Never Been Good Enough
  • How does one become an "old-timer"? Don't binge and don't die!
  • 12 Step is not a ticket to heaven or hell, but it will give you the clarity to make up your own mind which way you want to go!
  • Sponsors: have one --- use one --- be one.
  • To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil on it.
  • Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?
  • If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
  • Learn to listen and listen to learn.
  • Is your program powered by Will Power or Higher Power?
  • Facing my stuff instead of stuffing my face.
  • I may not be who I want to be, but thank God I'm not who I used to be.
  • It came to pass... it didn't come to stay!
  • My sponsor says I'm trying --VERY trying.
  • All in good time, all in God time.
  • Dwell on the problem and the problem gets bigger. Dwell on the solution, the solution gets bigger.
  • I do not recover today on yesterdayís actions.
  • Today I have more solutions than problems.
  • Pray to catch the bus, and then run as fast as you can.
  • Higher Power, please watch what goes in my mouth and what comes out of it.
  • I'm allergic to certain foods. When I eat them, I break out in fat.
  • I don't need to try harder, I need to trust harder.
  • "Figuring it out" is not a tool.
  • Veni, vidi, velcro ... I came, I saw, I stuck around.
  • Donít tell God how big your storm is; tell the storm how big your God is!
  • If I make food an option, it will be the only option.
  • A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.
  • Slogans are wisdom written in shorthand.
  • Don't intellectualize - utilize.
  • Itís the first bite, not the last one that causes the binge.
  • First Things First Ė Abstinence above all else.
  • I may be the only Big Book that someone will ever read.
  • Fear: I might not get my way.
  • Anger: I am not getting my way.
  • Resentment: I did not get my way.
  • To push the food out, pull more God in.
  • Do the stuff to get the stuff.
  • Prayer is talking to God. Meditation is listening.
  • If you don't have a Higher Power, you can borrow mine.
  • The Big Book does not say "Half measures availed us half".



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