Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research

Willenbring

Foreword by Chris G: This article describes Dr. Willenbring’s history of research, and the clinic he has set up to provide treatment based on the best scientific evidence available – something typically ignored by existing treatment facilities. Dr. Willenbring points out that after years of chemical use & abuse, an … Continue reading

Relevant Quotes for Secular AA

Free Captives

The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation. Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 63, 1939 Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 164, 1939 The spiritual life is by no means … Continue reading

Identification

Two people

This is the first article submitted for The Practical Book and posted on AA Agnostica for feedback (comments) from you, our readers. It has many of the qualities we are looking for in these submissions. First, the “tool” used in recovery – in this case identification with other alcoholics – is … Continue reading

God of Coincidence

Flock-of-Two

By Tom P. I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or … Continue reading

The Jellinek Curve

Jellinek

By life-j. E. M. Jellinek (“Bunky”) is among other things said to be the father of the “Jellinek Curve” which we saw here at AA Agnostica a while back. He was also one of the foremost researchers on alcoholism in his day. It appears that he was one of the … Continue reading

Record Your Experience, Strength and Hope

By Steven W. A couple of months ago I listened with great enjoyment and gratitude to Eric C’s audio qualification posted on  AA Agnostica, and I enjoyed it so much that I listened a second time on my iPhone while at the gym. Later, I downloaded the secular sobriety discussion on the … Continue reading

Common Sense Recovery

CSR Cover

Foreword to Common Sense Recovery: An Atheist’s Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous, Second Edition By Ward Ewing From the beginning there has been tension around theism in AA. The connection with the Oxford Group movement meant that, in Akron, a more traditional understanding of God would infuse the emerging fellowship of … Continue reading

Step 12 and How to Work a Program

Step 12

This is two chapters from the pioneering book: The Alternative Twelve Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery. It was originally written by two women, Martha Cleveland and Arlys G., and published in 1991. As valuable today as it was then, a second edition of this exceptional work was recently published by AA Agnostica. _____ … Continue reading

Spiritual Caulk and the Courage to Change

Spiritual Caulk and the Great Puppeteer in the Sky One of the most profound insights I’ve discovered in atheist literature is that god concepts serve the purpose of filling in gaps in our knowledge. ‘Miracles’ like lightening and earthquakes and sudden changes in personalities were considered inexplicable. In order to … Continue reading