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Concepts and Terms

12-Step Meetings, Prayers, & Slogans

In attending a 12-Step meeting, such as AMP Recovery, you will hear different ideas, prayers, and slogans. To familiarize new members with a few of these items, we have written the most common ones below.


Serenity Prayer:

God, Grant me the Serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.


“One day at a time”

“Let go and Let God”

“Higher Power”

“Working the Steps”

“Work the Program”

“Progress not Perfection”

“Rock Bottom” “High-Bottom Problems”

“Take what you like and leave the rest”

“Slip” ”Relapse”

“3-Day Intensives/ Full Disclosure”


The Lord’s Prayer:

To look at recovery and life in only one day increments; allowing us to focus only on today, not the future, and not the past. (Matthew 6:34)


Means to let go of our everyday circumstances and let God take care of them.


General term used for a “power greater than ourselves.” In WF, we openly acknowledge Jesus Christ as our “Higher Power.”


To work the 12 steps (or portions of them) on a daily basis.


Acknowledgement that we are not perfect at recovery, but are always striving for progress, even small amounts.


The lowest point of our addiction that led us into recovery.


Everyday problems that do not involve our sexual purity or intense strain.


To take only the portions of the meeting you like and that benefit you and not any portions you do not find helpful.


A slip is a single foray back into our old activities differentiated from a relapse which is a season in our old activities.


A therapist-led 3 day intensive couples counseling session that includes a full disclosure of sexual activities to spouse with follow-up polygraph.


Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Keep coming back: It works if you work it, because you’re worth it!”


Some terms to be familiar with

  • Sponsor – a person who has completed at least 9 steps may elect to serve as the sponsor for a man new to the program. The primary goal of this relationship is to have regular contact to allow the sponsor to guide the sponsor through the working of the 12 steps.

  • Accountability Groups – Ongoing accountability relationships developed through our message board account (Presently we use GroupMe). Participation requires the willingness to openly, lovingly, and firmly ask and answer questions within the groups Message Board Account.

  • Man to man – calls, texts, meetings – as each man participates in the ministry and shares his contact information at meetings (first name, phone number, email address, etc.), he can either reach out to others or receive contacts from others. This also includes pre- and post-meeting conversations and Message Board Account communication.

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