I have found affirmations to be a healthy part of my recovery. Affirmations help us remember who we are today, right now in the present, and who we want to become in the future. I repeat my affirmation to myself once a day in the mirror (at the recommendation of my therapist). Below is my example of an affirmation, as well as other examples contributed by fellow friends in recovery.
“Daily Affirmation” contributed by Thomas 2.0
My name is Thomas, and I am a son of God.
Jesus Christ is my Savior and my brother.
I am responsible for my own happiness.
I am 100% honest with my wife. I do not lie or hide.
I do not lust. I repel immodesty, unchastity, and unvirtuous thoughts and actions.
I find joy and happiness by serving my wife, my children, and other addicts in recovery.
“10 Point Affirmation” contributed by Michael
With God’s help, every day, in every way, I am getting better.
I can and I will be in control of my life today.
I am learning, growing, and becoming a better me.
I am worthy of great things.
I like the person I’m becoming.
All of my problems have a solution.
I press on because I believe in God’s path for my life.
The past has no power over me anymore.
I have many strengths; I am making my weaknesses my strengths.
I am becoming the person God wants me to be, and that is all I need.
“I Am a Man” contributed by Connor W.
I am a man
A husband, son and father
I put faith before fortune
Family before pleasure
Courage before fear
Work before relaxation
Wisdom before gratification
Love before hate
Kindness before pride
Humility before status
Understanding before judgement
Honesty before ease
I seek to gain perspective when I can't see the way
I work to give my family freedom of choice and uplift those I come in contact with
I am a worthy son of God, destined for eternal life and happiness
I am created for joy
I am destined for greatness
I am a man
“Simple Sayings Affirmation” contributed by Robert
(based on A.A. sayings)
Let go and let God
One day at a time
Easy does it
Live and let live
First things first
This too shall pass
Just for today, be sober – take another 24 hours
Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness
Keep coming back
It works if you work it
Progress not perfection
To thine own self be true