AA Slogans

The Serenity Prayer

AA slogans and AA serenity prayer
Essential elements of the AA 12-step program

There are a multitude of slogans and acronyms used by AA members worldwide.

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Below you can find those slogans that are in common usage among many English-speaking AA groups.

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Common AA Slogans

  • Easy does it
  • First things first
  • Live and let live
  • But for the grace of god
  • Let go and let god
  • This too shall pass
  • Keep coming back..........it works if you work it
  • Stick with the winners
  • Sobriety is a journey ..........not a destination
  • Faith without works is dead
  • If god seems far away, who moved?
  • Turn it over
  • We are only as sick as our secrets
  • There are no coincidences in AA
  • Be part of the solution, not the problem
  • I can't handle it God, you take over
  • One hour at a time..
    One day at a time..
    One step at a time
  • Wonderful things happen..
    One Day At A Time
  • Keep an open mind
  • Willingness is the key
  • More will be revealed
  • You will intuitively know
  • Don't quit 5 minutes before the miracle happens
  • Some of us our sicker than others
  • Alcoholism is an equal opportunity destroyer
  • Practice an attitude of gratitude
  • The road to sobriety is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease
  • God is never late
  • Have a good day unless of course u have made other plans
  • 90 meetings in 90 days.........90/90
  • I can have complete serenity at this very moment...if I live in denial
  • We came to AA to save our ass, and found out our soul was attached
  • It's alcohol-ISM, not alcohol-WASM!
  • I can only carry the message, I can"t carry the drunk!
  • Seven missed meetings makes one weak
  • and my personal favorite

  • Don't take everything personally

There are, of course, many more AA slogans in use among Alcoholics Anonymous members.

Individual groups have their own favorites or even coin their own slogans.

Why does AA use these Slogans?

Alcoholics Anonymous might be well known to most people in the United States. However, the same definitely cannot be said of the slogans they use and the ins and outs of their all-important serenity prayer.

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA for short, uses a large number of rather catchy slogans in the process of their program.

aa slogans Many outside the program of AA might find a lot of these sayings banal and rather folksy.

Yet, these slogans not only inspire those participating but also serve to create a sense of belonging and togetherness.

By using these AA slogans, everyone involved in AA feels that they belong and this togetherness helps them greatly in the rehabilitation process.

When you first attend an AA meeting you will be struck by the amount of times such slogans are mentioned.

Also, if you take a look around the room/hall where the meeting is taking place you will see such slogans plastered all over the place.

The reason being to give encouragement to people in their battle against alcoholism.

Common Elements of AA Slogans

One thing is clear to us just by looking at the above list. AA slogans very much place a great emphasis on 3 things:

  • The first is a belief in God to help you.
  • These slogans also emphasize how important it is to take the first step and know that it is the correct one.
  • AA slogans motivate you to constantly hang in there and not let your efforts go to waste.

These 3 things are actually very much in line with AA’s fundamental principles.

The AA Serenity Prayer

Playing a huge role alongside AA slogans is the AA serenity prayer.

The AA serenity prayer is a few simple verses that are recited before nearly all formal AA meetings. It signifies the members’ faiths in their principles and beliefs.

It was written by Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr, a well-known theologian who served for many years as Dean and Professor of Applied Christianity at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

In 1942, a New York member, Jack, brought to everyone's attention a caption in a routine New York Herald Tribune obituary that presented those same words.

Upon reading them, members of the then blossoming AA community were awestruck by the power and wisdom carried by those few words.

Since then, the AA serenity prayer has played a huge part in Alcoholics Anonymous’ history and legacy.

The AA serenity prayer reads:

"God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,...

...courage to change the things which should be changed,...

...and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."

Do bear in mind though that although this is possibly the most popular version of the AA serenity prayer, it is by no means the only one.

Different variations have sprung forth over time and it is usually up to the specific group to recite their preferred version.

This is also a much longer version of the full prayer, which is at least 3 to 4 times as long.

Nonetheless, neither of these facts takes away the significance these few lines play in AA’s legacy.

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