Life on Life’s Terms

Plant

Chapter 30: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Frank M. I stood there on my front lawn in handcuffs, to this day I’m not sure why. I had swallowed about a hundred Vicodin and an equal amount of Valium. It hadn’t fully hit me yet, but I … Continue reading

Take What You Need and Leave the Rest

Quad A

Chapter 29: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Chuck K. I sobered up in the Care Unit at St. Elizabeth Hospital on Chicago’s northwest side in June, 1982. Members of AA from the Logan Square Alano Club chaired three meetings a week in the ward room. They … Continue reading

Embracing Our Pain Together

Embrace

Chapter 28: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA By Alyssa S. I’m sitting here reflecting upon the day of St. Valentine. It is bitterly cold outside. It’s time in my recovery for “me time” – a time for introspection, perhaps for self-love. I have longed for this … Continue reading

A Holy Terror of an Alcoholic

Woman Alcoholic

Chapter 26: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Cheryl K. A short-lived, yet holy terror of an alcoholic ride commenced when I was arrested, handcuffed, and escorted from High School on charges of possession with intent to distribute. I was fifteen years old. By my senior year, … Continue reading

An Activist in Sobriety

Activism

Chapter 25: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA John L. Some alcoholics are born that way – periodic drunks, who can stay away from a drink for a long time, but for whom a first drink always means disaster. Others, daily drinkers, acquire alcoholism; they drink too … Continue reading

Utter Desperation

Storm

Chapter 24: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Alice B. Nothing could have brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous other than utter desperation and the lack of any viable alternative. I started drinking when I was twelve years old, despite growing up in a supportive family where no … Continue reading

The Power is in the Process

Meeting

Chapter 23: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA John C. I started drinking at 30 years old. This was because my father was an alcoholic. He was not a bar drinker, but he came home every night and terrorized the family. At 14 years old I made … Continue reading

Positive Attitude Changes Everything

Landscape

Chapter 22: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Helen L. My name is Helen and I am an alcoholic. That simply means that I cannot safely drink. I have been introducing myself at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that way for 30 years. I came into the rooms at … Continue reading

My Name is Marnin

Sunrise

Chapter 21: Do Tell: Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA  Marnin M. My name is Marnin and I’m an alcoholic and an agnostic/atheist. Marnin is Hebrew for he who brings joy, a singer of songs. In my youth I was embarrassed to have such an unusual name. I have been … Continue reading