Women for Sobriety is a recovery program created for women by women and focuses on the special needs that women face in recovery. Our program is based on the idea that by changing the way we think, we can change the way we feel and the way we behave. Founded in 1976 by Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick, the WFS New Life program has helped millions of women overcome their addictions and create new lives for themselves. The 13 Statements, listed below are the core of the "New Life" Acceptance Program. WFS members live by the philosophy "Release the Past, Plan for the Future, Live for Today."
1. I have a life-threatening problem that once had me. I now take charge of my life and my disease. I accept the responsibility.
2. Negative thoughts destroy only myself. My first conscious sober act must be to remove negativity from my life.
3. Happiness is a habit I will develop. Happiness is created, not waited for.
4. Problems bother me only to the degree I permit them to. I now better understand my problems and do not permit problems to overwhelm me.
5. I am what I think. I am a capable, competent, caring, compassionate woman.
6. Life can be ordinary or it can be great. Greatness is mine by a conscious effort.
7. Love can change the course of my world. Caring becomes all important.
8. The fundamental object of life is emotional and spiritual growth. Daily I put my life into a proper order, knowing which are the priorities.
9.The past is gone forever. No longer will I be victimized by the past. I am a new person.
10. All love given returns. I will learn to know that others love me.
11. Enthusiasm is my daily exercise. I treasure all moments of my new life
12. I am a competent woman and have much to give life. This is what I am and I shall know it always.
13. I am responsible for myself and for my actions. I am in charge of my mind, my thoughts, and my life.
To make the Program effective for you, arise each morning fifteen minutes earlier than usual and go over the Thirteen Affirmations. Then begin to think about each one by itself. Take one Statement and use it consciously all day. At the end of the day review the use of it and what effects it had that day for you and your actions.
(c) WFS 1976, 1987, 1993, 2011
One-time permission was granted on October 1, 2012 by the WFS Office to list the 13 Statements on this site.