Skip to content
Subscribe Donate
In the News

12-Step Program Slogans Can Heal a COVID-19 World

12-Step Program Slogans Can Heal a COVID-19 World

June 19, 2020

Stephanie Malia Krauss
Read the Full Article on Youth Today
Read more

This coming January, I plan to celebrate 20 years sober. I got clean as a teenager, at a drug and alcohol treatment center in Delray Beach, Fla. When I got there, I had no idea how much my life would change.

Over the years, being in recovery has meant different things. Sometimes, it is just the absence of active alcoholism — something I believe is a true illness. Other times, it is a better way of living — a transformed life, full of gratitude and appreciation for my many blessings.

I have been fortunate to spend years in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, picking up life wisdom from those who have been sober longer than I have. Some of this wisdom is found in popular slogans that people share over and over again. They are popular because they are true, simple, memorable and applicable across situations.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have found myself returning to these slogans, repeating them as mantras to myself. If these sayings can pull alcoholics back from the brink, then they should be able to help me calm down and not lash out at people I love.

Related Content
Post COVID-19: Our Shared Responsibility
As the coronavirus pandemic exposes societal fault lines, JFF calls on business, education, and government leaders to look out for low-income individuals and families. What JFF Is Doing We at JFF, like people everywhere, are grappling with how to respond to the coronavirus. We…
March 17, 2020
Impact Story Postsecondary Network
Reforming math in Florida, ensuring equity in Washington, boosting student support in Michigan, partnering with the workforce system in New Jersey—JFF’s renowned network advances policies and practices that help all students attain high-value credentials. Reforming…
April 18, 2018