Women for Sobriety (WFS) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help all women find their individual path to recovery through discovery of self, gained by sharing experiences, hopes and encouragement with other women in similar circumstances. We are an abstinence-based, self-help program for women facing issues of alcohol or drug misuse. Our New Life Program is a way of thinking that creates a new way of living, it is created for women, by women and acknowledges the very special needs women have in recovery. The Program was founded in 1976 by Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick, and has helped millions of women overcome their substance misuse and create new lives for themselves. Following are the Thirteen "WFS New Life Program Acceptance Statements". which are the core of the WFS "New Life" 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 well-being, I accept the responsibility.
2. Negative thoughts destroy only myself.
My first conscious sober act is to reduce negativity in my life.
3. Happiness is a habit I am developing.
Happiness is created, not waited for.
4. Problems bother me only to the degree I permit.
I now better understand my problems. I 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 is 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 am I victimized by the past. I am a new woman.
10. All love given returns.
I am learning to know that I am loved.
11. Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.
I treasure the moments of my new life.
12. I am a competent woman and I 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.
Use the Thirteen Statements daily. Read them each morning, then choose one and practice it all day for a week. After that, select another and use it for a week. In time, the actions resulting from the use of these Statements will become automatic and your life will change for the better.
(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.