Definition of Slipping:
Lose one’s footing and go quietly without attracting notice.

Synonyms of Slipping:

Abscond, disappear, sneak, slide, slink, tiptoe, pussyfoot, 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.


Trying to avoid the humbling experience of the Fifth Step, newcomers turn to a seemingly easier and softer way. Almost invariably, they slip. –A Day At A time | More…

The thoughts that come before having a slip seem to be partly subconscious. An idle thought connected with drinking casually pops into our mind.

That is the crucial moment. I pray that I may strive to be the kind of a person that God would have me be. –24 Hours | More…


Though I know how hurt and sorry you must be after this slip, please do not worry about a temporary loss of your inner peace. As calmly as you can, just renew your effort in the A.A. program, especially those parts of it which have to do with meditation and self-analysis.

Could I also suggest that you look at excessive guilt for what it is?  Nothing but a sort of reverse pride. A decent regret for what has happened is fine. –As Bill Sees It p.330 | Letter, 1958

Slips can often be charged to rebellion; some of us are more rebellious than others. Slips may be due to the illusion that one can be ‘cured’ of alcoholism.

Slips can also be charged to carelessness and complacency. Many of us fail to ride out these periods sober –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.99)

When people come back to A.A. after having a slip, the temptation is strong to say nothing about it. Their slip should not be mentioned again by others.

The world talks about bodies that are undernourished. What of the souls that are undernourished? Strength and peace come from partaking of spiritual food. –24 Hours | More…


Now is the time to learn about our sickness–alcoholism. It is a chronic illness. That means it never goes away. Our disease is “cunning, baffling, and powerful.” The more we know about it, the less we’ll let it fool us. We must learn to recognize the first trouble signs in ourselves so we can get help to stay sober. –Keep It Simple | More…


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