SOBER THINKING

Definition of Sober: not given to excessive indulgence in drink or any other activity.
Synonyms of Sober: calm, level-headed, lucid, rational, realistic, reasonable, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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We’re not sure we can stay sober for a lifetime. But we know that with God, and our program, we can stay sober for today. –Keep It Simple | More…

Sobriety is never an accident.
Sobriety and all that comes with it is a gift, not a right –Unknown | More…

Upon entering A.A. I soon heard a description of the reality of sobriety. By attending meetings I am reintroduced to that reality, over and over.  –Daily Reflections | More…

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If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it
then you are ready to take certain steps. –Big Book p.58 | More…

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. –Big Book p.63 | More…

You cannot think yourself sober, read yourself sober or act yourself sober. You must live yourself sober. –Inspirations

Observing anniversaries of getting sober has become a time-honoured custom in AA. These celebrations of sobriety dates actually underscore the important goal of staying continuously sober.

The message is clear: Get sober mark that date, and continue to build on it. We stress the importance of sobriety when we acknowledge the importance of sobriety dates. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B | More…

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We alcoholics were on a merry-go-round, going round and round, and we couldn’t get off. That merry-go-round is a kind of hell on earth. In A.A. I got off that merry-go-round by learning to stay sober. –24 Hours | More…

I pray to that Higher Power every morning to help me to keep sober. And I get the strength from that Power to do what I could never do with my own strength.

I do not doubt the existence of that Power. We’re not speaking into a vacuum when we pray. That Power is there, if we will use it. –24 Hours | More…

I must remember that in spiritual matters I am only an instrument. It is not mine to decide how or when I am to act.

God plans all spiritual matters. It is up to me to make myself fit to do God’s work. All that hinders my spiritual activity must be eliminated.

I can depend on God for all the strength I need to overcome those faults which are blocks. I must keep myself fit, so that God can use me as a channel for His spirit. –24Hours | More…

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A. A. also helps us to hang onto sobriety. By having regular meetings so that we can associate with other alcoholics who have come through that same door in the wall, by encouraging us to tell the story of our own sad experiences with alcohol, and by showing us how to help other alcoholics. A.A. keeps us sober. –24Hours | More…

Cessation of drinking is but the first step away from a highly strained, abnormal condition. –Big Book p.122 | More…

We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.
Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable. –Daily Reflections | More…

My sponsor told me that if I stayed away from the first drink a day at a time and followed the suggested Twelve Steps, I could lead a sober life. She didn’t promise me health, wealth, happiness, love — or comfort. All she promised me was sobriety! –Millburn, N.J., July 1971 “Reality Can Be Uncomfortable,”  Emotional Sobriety II / Grapevine | More…

I was told that if I wanted to stay sober I would need to do three things: get a sobriety date and don’t change it, get a sponsor, and get a home group. –Grapevine | More…

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Question: What’s the difference between SOBER and SOBRIETY
ANSWER: In its most basic format, Sober is defined as NOT DRUNK

A more elegant definition is:- Free from the three E’s; Excess, Extravagance, or Exaggeration. W.H.O. defines sobriety as Continued Abstinence from alcohol and psycho-active drug use.

As such, sustained abstinence is a prerequisite for sobriety. ‘Clean and sober’ is the commonly used phrase in AA, which refers to someone having  an extended period without alcohol or drugs in their body, and known as abstinence.

Sobriety is a life where the individual is not only free of alcohol addiction, but also moving towards complete physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. –Anon/Trogir | More…

I thought sobriety meant not drinking but today I see that it affects all areas of my life how I walk, the hugs I freely give, my acceptance of others, my willingness to trust and risk, my optimism for a new day. –Father Leo | More…

I get so excited about my sobriety because it has given me ideas.
Today I can think, ponder and create. God is such a big idea today — everything is involved. –Father Leo | More…

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Sobriety in AA is unconditional. This means that there’s never been a reason for drinking –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

We are powerless over our addictions;  we learn through unconditional surrender that there is victory in defeat. After a time, we learn in Twelfth Step work that we’re not only powerless over our own addiction, but over the addictions of others. –A Day At A Time | More…

Until I could honestly look at myself and see that I was the problem in many situations and react appropriately inside and out; I could not experience serenity and sound sobriety. –Daily Reflections | More…

We never really drink because of pressures and troubles.
We drink because we want to, because we feel like taking a drink.

AA simplified our problem so we can deal with it. We either want to drink or we don’t want to drink, period. Even if we want to drink… and some members do… AA can show us how to stay sober and eventually lose such desires.  –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

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