Recognize the signs of relapse

"We are unable at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink."

"Once more: the alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a higher Power."

"We are without defense against the first drink."

from the Big Book of AA >>

You are not alone

Remember this when you feel

isolated and forlorn.

Therefore I tell you,

whatever you ask in prayer,

believe that you have received it, and it will be yours

—Mark 11:24

Believe that your prayer

will work

We find that we are keeping secrets, especially fears and thoughts of using.

We blame others for our problems.  We put other people down.

We self-medicating, like taking narcotic pain pills.

We keep drugs and booze in our home.

We drive by places where we used to buy liquor or drugs.

We linger in the problem rather than live in the solution.

We sit in the back of meetings and don’t participate.  We leave before the Lords’ Prayer and don’t talk to anyone.

We skip meetings and feel resentful if anyone mentions it to us.

We don’t talk to my sponsor, and we don’t work the Steps.

We think we should be happy all the time.  We feel we’ll l never have fun in sobriety

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When relapse seems imminent

Remember you are not alone.  All of us have been where you are now.


Play the tape through to the end.  Remember your last drunk.


Call someone in the program.  Yes, I know that the telephone weighs one hundred pounds and is almost impossible to pick up.


Tell on your disease, especially in a meeting.  If I tell on my disease it loses power over me. 


Think about something else.  The human brain is so constructed that it can hold only one thought at a time.  You can switch the channel on the TV screen of your mind.


The only real answer is reaching out to a Higher Power.  This is what prayer is for.  Our work with spiritual principles and the Steps, cleaning up our side of the street, is preparation for this moment.


I thank you for taking away my thoughts of using,

and replacing it with the faith that

no matter what happens

everything will be alright."

You can repeat this prayer as often as you need to.

Every 5 minutes is not too often. 


The “thank you” and “the faith” part are very important. 


The more you believe the prayer will work, the better it works.