Day by Day (book)

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Day by Day is a daily meditation book for alcoholics and addicts. It was written in 1973 by members of the Young People's Group of Alcoholics Anonymous in Denver, Colorado.[1] The project was spearheaded by Shelly M., a member of the group who went on to compile Young, Sober & Free and The Pocket Sponsor.[2] Day by Day was written when there were fewer than 200 Narcotics Anonymous meetings held worldwide,[3] and was the group’s effort to produce twelve step literature inclusive of addicts. Each day’s entry contains a meditation, followed by and open-ended statement after which there is a blank space for writing. Every entry concludes with the sentence, “God help me to stay clean and sober today!”[4]


  1. ^ Day By Day. Center City, MN: Hazelden Publishing. 1974. p. 5. ISBN 0-89486-006-2.
  2. ^ "Profile for Shelly Marshall". Day By Day, Recovery Resources. Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Narcotics Anonymous#Resurgence
  4. ^ Day by Day. Center City, MN: Hazelden Publishing. 1974. ISBN 0-89486-006-2.