"You are only as sick as your secrets” is a saying that has been used by Alcoholics Anonymous since at least 1985. Addiction is a secret that makes people sick.
The authorship of the saying is uncertain. A 1982 book by the Hazeldon Foundation credited “We’re only as sick as the secrets we keep” to Sue Atchley Ebaugh. A 1983 song by Tom Franzak was titled “(You’re only as) sick as your secrets.”
Each Day a New Beginning:
Daily Meditations for Women
By Karen Casey
Center City, MN: Hazelden Foundation
We’re only as sick as the secrets we keep. — Sue Atchley Ebaugh
OCLC WorldCat record
Walk that talk
Author: Tom Franzak
Publisher: Waco, TX : Myrrh, 1983.
Edition/Format: Music LP : Gospel music : English
(You’re only as) sick as your secrets
Google News Archive
9 June 1985, St. Joseph (MO) News-Press/Gazette, “Alcoholics Anonymous nears 50th birthday” (Associated Press), pg. 8A, col. 2:
“You are only as sick as your secrets,” is one of the many slogans in the rooms.
Healing Pluto Problems
By Donna Cunningham
York Beach, ME: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC
In the Anonymous programs, they say you’re only as sick as your secrets, and it’s true that secrets can make you sick. They can even cause cancer if they’re malignant enough.
Writing for Recovery and Spiritual Growth
By Richard Solly and Roseann Lloyd
Center City, MN: Hazelden
An often quoted saying is: “You are only as sick as your secrets.” Secrets are often associated with shame. They become experiences we can not tell anyone.
By Tim Timmons
Old Tappan, NJ : F.H. Revell
In recovery circles of all kinds you’ll hear a terrific line: “You are as sick as your secrets.” Our sicknesses are our secrets. So, face your secrets and Fess Up!
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You’re only as sick as your secrets : sexual abuse awareness, prevention and intervention.
Author: Donna Jacques Temm
Publisher: [S.l.] : Balboa Pr, 2010
Edition/Format: Book : English
Who was the person that coined the phrase “You’re only as sick as your secrets.”?
Asked by MrsDufresne (3525 ) October 5th, 2010
I think it’s an old AA slogan, but who said it first may be lost in the mists of time. Hopefully someone can get you closer. It might be from one of their books.
lillycoyote (24266 )