Definition of Sobriety: the state of being sober.
Synonyms of Sobriety: soberness, clear-headedness, dignity, steady, 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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For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colourful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good.

By applying this passage to my sobriety, I found that it described the magnificent new life made available to me by the A.A. program. Sobriety is a gift that grows with time.–Daily Reflections | More…

As I continue to grow in sobriety, I become more aware of myself as a person of worth.
In the process, I am better able to see others as persons, and with this comes the realization that these were people whom I had hurt in my drinking days. What were seemingly impersonal acts, were really personal affronts, because it was people – people of worth – whom I had harmed. –Daily Reflections | More…

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It’s always risky when a recovering person gets too busy for meetings. It’s also dangerous when business and personal concerns crowd out interest in the program.

Many of us have a tendency to become addicted to “busy-ness” Though less destructive than drinking, this serves as an escape, just as alcohol did.

The danger is that when the work no longer satisfies us, we’ll find our lives becoming empty again. We could then be very vulnerable to taking a drink.

We should never be too busy for the wonderful, constructive work of the program. Far from taking time away from our other actives, work in the program will enhance everything we do. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

Sobriety is a grant, not a gift.
A gift is something we get to keep forever.
A grant is contingent on us doing something to keep it. –Pocket Sponsor | More…

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A drink has no power over us unless we want to take the drink. Wherever we go, however, we should also make our sobriety the first priority of business. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B | More…

So what’s the difference between SOBER and SOBRIETY
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 psychoactive 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.

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. | More…

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As Alkiespeak puts it….
Sobriety’s like a hard-on; the minute you get it, you want to fuck with it.
I got sober and I didn’t know if I was Arthur or Martha sexually.

Then a guy got up and said that when he came in he didn’t know whether he liked men, women, or sheep. So I sort of thought I was doing all right – because sheep weren’t on the agenda. –Alkiespeak | More…

The length of time of our sobriety is not as important as the quality of it. It is a great satisfaction to have been an A.A. member for a long time and we often mention it.

It may sometimes help the newer members, because they may say to themselves, if they can do it I can do it. And yet the older members must realize that as long as they live they are only one drink away from a drunk.

Opportunities for a better world are all around us.
Greater works can we do.

But we do not work alone.
The power of God is behind all good works. –24 Hours | More…

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We stopped drinking or using other drugs and, like magic, a new world appeared. Being sober sure shakes up a person’s life!

This way, we see there’s not just one “world”, but many. We grow each time we step into a new world and learn new things. We need to try new worlds, but we always need to take our Higher Power with us–into worlds where there’s honesty, love, and trust. –Keep It Simple | More…

For most of us, the first years of A.A. are something like a honeymoon. For a time, we are diverted from the main life problems.

But when the honeymoon has worn off, we are obliged to take our lumps, like other people. Then the old behavior patterns reappear. How well we recognize and deal with them reveals the extent of our progress. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.216)

The single goal of staying sober is so all-important in AA that side benefits are often overlooked. Sobriety is not likely to give us the equivalent of the euphoria we got from drinking, but a great sense of well-being based on realistic expectations is more satisfying than the ridiculous mental states we sought in drinking. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

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