Video: "Sh*t 12 Steppers Say"

By Sam Lansky 01/18/12

The latest of a viral video trend captures some of recovering addicts' favorite verbal tics to a tee.

The “Shit [Demographic] Say" viral video trend has probably reached its saturation point, but the newest entry, “Sh*t 12 Steppers Say,” is pretty good value. Ranging from the obvious (“Have you prayed about it?”) to subtler lines (“Just one more!”) to the just plain bizarre (“Is 800-milligram ibuprofen a relapse?”), the video features actress Frankie Norstad satirizing the clichés, slogans, and shop-talk that most 12 Step program participants have heard, y’know, a thousand times. The best moment has to be when she takes a sip of the coffee, groans “This coffee is so gross,” and then continues drinking it. Been there, done that—some of us as recently as this morning, in fact.

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Sam Lansky is the West Coast Editor at TIME. He has written for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Grantland, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, OutBillboard and more. He is also the author of The Gilded Razor. You can find Sam on Linkedin and Twitter.

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