Secular Sobriety Group First Anniversary

Ottawa

We heartily encourage secular groups to let others know about their meetings, as Michel has done, by writing about them and having the stories published in their local AA newsletters. This article was first published in the Ottawa Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous Newsletter, Our Primary Purpose, in February 2017. By Michel D. This … Continue reading

If you need one, start one

Fairhope UU

By Clay A. Hello my name is Clay and I’m an alcoholic and a proud agnostic member of AA. Starting an agnostic meeting was always something that I loved to think about, but like the old elusive thought of putting down the drugs and alcohol, I never really thought it … Continue reading

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

New York City

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