Definition of Acronym:
An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word

of Acronym:
Cipher, composition, wordplay, phrase, etc

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


Recovery uses an enormous amount of acronyms in daily practice!

A.A. = Adventurers Anonymous
A.A. = Altered Attitudes
A.A. = Attitude Adjustment
A.A. =Absolute Abstinence
A A’s-R-U S = Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Unity Service
A.B.C. = Acceptance, Belief, Change
A.C.T.I.O.N. = Any Change To Improve Our Nature.
A.L.C.O.H.O.L. = Alcohol: Any Lie Can Own His/Her Only Life.
A.L.C.O.H.O.L.I.C.S. = A Life Centered On Helping Others Live In Complete Sobriety
A.N.G.E.R. = Any N.o-Good Energy Rising
A.N.O.N.Y.M.O.U.S. = Actions Not Our Names Yield Maintenance Of Unity & Service
A.S.A.P. = Always Say A Prayer
B.A.T.H. = Behavior, Attitude, Thinking, Habits
B.E.S.T. = Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?
B.I.G. B.O.O.K. = Believing In God Beats Our Old Knowledge.
B.O.G.G.L.E. = Bad Or Good, God Loves Everyone
B.S. = Before Sobriety
B.U.T. = Being Unconvinced Totally
C.A.L.M. = Can Anger Leave Me
C.A.R.E. = Comforting And Reassuring Each other
C.H.A.N.G.E. = Can Help Attract New Gifts and Energy
C.H.A.N.G.E. = Choosing Honesty Allows New Growth Everyday
C.H.A.O.S. = Can’t Handle Another Overwhelming Situation
D.E.A.D. = Drinking Ends All Dreams
D.E.N.I.A.L. = Don’t Even Notice I Am Lying.
D.E.T.A.C.H. = Don’t Even Think About Changing Him/Her
D.R.Y. = Doing Recovery Yourself
D.U.E.S. = Desperately Using Everything but Sobriety
E.D.I. not D.I.E. = Easy Does It not Does It Easy
E.G.O. = Easing God Out
F.A.I.L.U.R.E. = Fearful, Arrogant, Insecure, Lonely, Uncertain, Resentful, Empty.
F.A.I.T.H. = Fear Ain’t In This House
F.A.I.T.H. = Facing All In Trusting Him
F.A.I.T.H. = Found Always In Trusting Him.
F.A.I.T.H. = Finding Answers In The Heart
F.A.I.T.H. = For An Instant Trust Him
F.A.I.T.H. = Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him
F.E.A.R. = Face Everything And Recover
F.E.A.R. = Failure Expected And Received
F.E.A.R. = Frantic Efforts to Appear Recovered
F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real
F.E.A.R. = Forever Escaping And Retreating
F.E.A.R. = Forgetting Everything’s All Right
F.E.A.R. = Frustration, Ego, Anxiety, Resentment
F.E.E.L. = Feel, Experience, Express, Let go
F.I.N.E. = Frustrated, Insecure, Neurotic, Emotional
F.I.N.E. = Free, Independent, New and Energetic
F.I.N.E. = Feeling Insecure, Numb and Empty
F.I.T. = Faith, Intuition, and Trust
G.I.F.T. = God Is Forever There
G.I.F.T.S. = Getting It From The Steps
G.O.D. = Give Others Dignity
G.O.D. = Good Orderly Direction
G.O.D. = Grow Or Die
G.O.D. = Group Of Drunks
G.O.Y.A. = Get Off Your Ass
G.R.A.C.E. = Gently Releasing All Conscious Expectations
H.A.L.T. = Honestly, Actively, Lovingly, Tolerant.
H.A.L.T. = Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.
H.A.L.T. = Hope, Acceptance, Love, Tolerance
H.E.A.R.T. = Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering, Together
H.E.L.P. = Hope, Encouragement, Love and Patience
H.O.P.E. = Hang On, Pray Everyday
H.O.P.E. = Hang On! Peace Exists . . .
H.O.P.E. = Happy Our Program Exists
H.O.P.E. = Help Open People’s Eyes
H.O.P.E. = Helping Other People Everyday
H.O.P.E. = Heart Open; Please Enter
H.O.P.E. = Hearing Other Peoples’ Experience
H.O.P.E. = Hold On Pain Ends
H.O.W. = Honest, Open, Willing
H.O.W. = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness: that’s how we do it
H.O.W. N.O.W.  = Honest Open-minded, Willing. No Other Way!
I.S.M. = I, Self, Me
I.S.M. = I Sponsor Myself
K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple, Surrender
K.I.S.S. = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually
L.E.T. G.O. = Leave Everything To God, Okay?
L.O.V.E. = Living Our Valuable Experiences
N.E.W. = Nothing Else Worked
N.U.T.S. = Not Using The Steps
O.D.A.A.T. = One Day At A Time
P.A.C.E. = Positive Attitudes Change Everything.
P.E.A.C.E. = Providing Experienced Attitude Changes Every day
P.E.A.C.E. = Praying Energetically Always Creates Ease
P.R.A.Y. = Praise Repent Ask and Yield
P.R.I.D.E. = Pretty Ridiculous Individual Directing Everything
P.R.O.G.R.A.M. = People Relying On God Relaying A Message
P.U.S.H. = Pray Until Something Happens
P.U.T. = Patience, Understanding, Tolerance
R.A.C.I.N.G. = Real Alcoholics Centered Inward Needing God
R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.HIP = Real Exciting Love Affair Turns Into Outrageous Nightmare, Sobriety Hangs In Peril
S. I. P. S. = Surrender Inventory Prayer Service
= Stay In Today
S.L.I.P. = Sobriety Losing Its Priority.
S.L.I.P. = Simple Lesson, I’m Powerless
S.O.B.E.R. = Staying Off Booze Enjoying Recovery
S.O.B.E.R. = Simply Observe Bill’s Exemplary Recovery.
S.O.B.E.R. = Son Of a Basket, Everything’s Rea
S.O.B.E.R. = Staying Off Booze Enjoying Recovery
S.O.B.E.R. = Spirituality Over Booze Equals Recovery
S.P.O.N.S.O.R. = Sober Person Offering Newcomer Support Of Recovery
S.T.E.P.S. = Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety.
S.W.A.T. = Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, Trust.
T.E.A.M. = Together Everyone Achieves More.
T.H.I.N.K. = The Happiness I Never Knew
T.I.M.E. = Things I Must Earn
T.R.U.S.T. = Teaching Recovery Using Steps and Traditions.
W.H.O. = Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness
W.H.O. M.E.? = Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness, Must Exist
W.I.L.L.I.N.G. = When I Live Life, I Need God
W.I.S.D.O.M. = When Into Self, Discover Our Motives
Y.A.N.A. = You Are Not Alone
Y.E.T. = You’re Eligible Too.


C A R D S = Call your sponsor | Ask for help from your Higher Power
| Read the Big Book | Do the Twelve Steps | Stay active in your group


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