Definition of Complacency:
A feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.

Synonyms of Complacency:
smugness, self-satisfaction, self-approval, self-admiration, self-congratulation, etc.

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

Love in fellowship.


Complacency is the enemy of members with substantial clean time. If we remain complacent for long, the recovery process ceases.

Treatment for addiction is a vital, ongoing program of recovery. The Twelve Steps are a process, a path we take to stay a step ahead of our disease.  –Just For Today | More…


One of the major purposes of the last three Steps is to keep us from complacency, to keep us growing so that we don’t fall back into our old, sick ways and perhaps even into active alcoholism.” –West Henrietta, N.Y., October 2007 “Step Ten: Up Close and Personal,” Emotional Sobriety II / Grapevine

Conceit and complacency can land us in deep trouble. When we find that “applying the principles” on our own power just isn’t working, we can practice what worked for us in the beginning: surrender.

When we find we are still powerless, our lives again unmanageable, we need to seek the care of a Power greater than ourselves. And when we discover that self-therapy isn’t so therapeutic after all, we need to take advantage of “the therapeutic value of one addict helping another. –Just for Today | More…

It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.

A daily inventory will tell me what I must change to regain spiritual balance. Admitting what I find within myself, to God and to another human being, keeps me honest and humble. –Daily Reflections | More…


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