For over 23 years I had worked as an Addiction Counsellor and had utilized many “Recovery Acronyms” with my clients. I also have used them in my own life as they have been helpful in my journey towards greater physical, emotional and spiritual health. You don’t have to be a person who is in recovery to benefit from these acronyms. They are universal in there motivation, inspiration and desire to grow and move forward in ones life.
What is an “Acronym”?
An acronym is a pronounceable word that is made by taking the first letter or few letters of each word in a phrase.
What is the Purpose of an “Acronym”?
Acronyms are used for a number of reasons.
They increase awareness.
In order to heal and in order to become a healthier individual in all aspects of ones life, there needs to be some self-awareness. The fact is, you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge. Acronyms remind us to do a self-inventory, which helps propel us into healthier behaviors.
They trigger the use of new skills.
When we are starting to make some changes in our lives, acronyms can help us to stay on track. Behaviors and habits can be difficult to change, however by adding the use of acronyms, you are giving yourself some added encouragement and motivation to not give up. Acronyms also give us a map as to how to make the change that we are seeking.
They help us develop coping skills.
You don’t have to be a recovering alcoholic or addict to need coping skills. Everyday we are required to live life on life’s terms and sometimes life is not always kind. The use of some acronyms can help us to deal with the adversities that life sometimes throws are way.
They help us to reduce our stress.
Acronyms can help us handle the day to day stress that comes our way. They are small words that hold insightful direction. If we apply these acronyms in our lives we live in greater peace and contentment and even joy.
List of Acronyms
FAITH – fear ain’t in this house
FAITH – forgiveness, acceptance, inspiration, trust, honesty
PMS – poor me syndrome
GOD – good orderly direction
HOW – honesty, opened-mind, willingness
EGO – edging God out
FEAR – false evidence appearing real
FEAR – frustration, ego, anxiety, resentment
FEAR – face everything and recover
HALT – (am I) hungry, angry, lonely or tired?
HALT – hope, acceptance, love, tolerance
PACE – positive attitudes change everything
FINE – frustrated, insecure, neurotic, emotional
FINE – feeling insecure, numb, empty
GIFT – God is forever there
HELP – His ever loving presence
KISS – keep it simple sweetheart
HOPE – have only positive expectations
HOPE – hold on pain ends
TGIF – thank God I’m forgiven
PUSH – persist until something happens
DENIAL – don’t even know I am lying
ACTION – any change towards improving ones nature
DETATCH – don’t even think about changing him / her
HUG – heaven’s ultimate gift
My hope is that you will find one or more that you can utilize to help you press forward into greater health and well being.
Do you use acronyms in your life? I would love to hear which ones you use to help you in your life