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  1.  We admitted we were powerless over nothing, that we could manage our lives perfectly and those of anyone else who would allow us.

  2.  Came to believe there was no power greater than ourselves and that the rest of the world was insane.

  3.  Made a decision to have our loved ones and friends turn their lives over to our care, even thought they didn’t understand us.

  4.  Made a searching moral and immoral inventory of everyone we knew.

  5. Admitted to the whole word the exact nature of everyone else’s wrongs.

  6. Were entirely ready to make everyone else stand up and do right.

  7. Demanded that others shape up or ship out.

  8. Made a list of all personal who had harmed us, and become willing to any lengths to get even with them all.

  9. Took direct revenge on such people, whenever possible, except when to do so would cost us our lives, or at the very least, a jail sentence.

  10. Continued to take inventory of others and when they were wrong promptly and repeatedly told them about it.

  11. Sought through complaining and nagging to improve our relationships with others, as we couldn’t understand why everyone wouldn’t always do things our way.

  12. Having had a complete emotional, physical and spiritual breakdown as a result of these stumbles, we tried to blame it on others and to get sympathy and pity in all our affairs.


When all else fails, follow directions

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“I’m Slipping!!!”

When I beginning to dislike AA conversation or company…

When I willfully stay away from meetings….

When I’m beginning to take another person’s inventory instead of my own…

When I’m more afraid of being known as an AA member than as a drunk…

When I begin to remember the Good Times I had drinking and overlook the bad times…

When I condemn in others, that which I tolerate in Myself…

When I say I forgive but I don’t forget…

When I shrink from Self-Examination…


SLIP = Sobriety Lost Its Priority

Misery is optional

I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I want to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But still, I am not what I used to be.
And by the grace of God,
I am what I am..

John Newton

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