The Daily Reflections

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By life-j This is not the first time you may have heard me being down on the Daily Reflections, and it won’t be the last, but I’m going to approach it a bit more systematically in this article. I realize that the futility ranking of this project is on level … Continue reading

To thine own self be true

By Jennifer Benson To thine own self be true. This is an important principle of my program. As a Jew and non-believer, I avoided AA for two years. I hadn’t met my bottom yet, but I knew I was powerless over alcohol. When alcohol-induced depression led to a drunken-induced suicide … Continue reading

Psychedelics in Addiction Treatment

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Editor’s Note: For decades, brain chemistry has been a growing field of knowledge on many fronts, including addiction treatment. Early work with psychedelics for addiction treatment in the 1950’s and 60’s – in which Bill Wilson took part – was brutally truncated by the War on Drugs, even though it … Continue reading

The first agnostic AA meetings in New York

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This was the third of three main talks at a workshop on the history of secular AA at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention in Austin, Texas, in November 2016. By Deirdre S. Hi. I am Deirdre, a cross-addicted alcoholic. Since everybody said their sobriety date, I … Continue reading

My Name is Charlie Polacheck

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By Nick H. Hello my name is Nick and I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been sober since February 15, 1991. I had the privilege of knowing Charlie Polacheck in the last 12 years of his life when he moved to Austin to be with his three sons who had serendipitously moved … Continue reading

Quad A

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This was the first of three main talks at a workshop on the history of secular AA at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention in Austin, Texas, in November 2016. By Chuck K. I am Chuck K. I’m from Chicago. I had my last drink June 3rd, … Continue reading

Secular groups fight exclusion from AA

Alcoholics Anonymous’ religious undertone is under fire in Canada, where an atheist lodged a human rights complaint and secular groups have been delisted By Ashifa Kassam in Toronto Published on November 8, 2016 in The Guardian The Almighty plays a central part in the hallowed 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. … Continue reading

The “God” Word

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An Atheist’s Experience in AA My name is Paul, and I am an alcoholic. I am an atheist. I believe there probably is no God. I cannot prove there is no God, because it is impossible to prove a negative statement like that. I have been an atheist since long … Continue reading