Listening for the Reality


This article was printed in the AA Grapevine in 1991. That’s a long time ago, and yet it still resonates today. That definitely makes it a sign of an unresolved problem within our Fellowship. By Anonymous When the twelfth stepper who took me to my first meeting arrived, I told her … Continue reading

Out of the Closet

Out Of The Closet

An atheist shares about her long sober journey in Alcoholics Anonymous By Anonymous Published online by the AA Grapevine in March 2015. It’s 8:35 p.m. on Saturday and the speaker has just suggested the topic “How God works in your life.” I settle back in my seat, preparing myself to be … Continue reading

No Grapevine Book for Atheists in AA


By Roger C. I want to share with you two letters, with a document in the middle of the two letters. The first letter was written to the Grapevine and to the AA General Service Office and mailed in early January. This letter was a follow-up to many things: some 40 articles by … Continue reading

From Believer to Non-Believer


At around 8 years sober, he redefined his Higher Power By Bob S., Louisville, Ky. My journey in AA began in 1985 and I have been sober ever since. In the beginning, I wanted sobriety because I had hit an emotional bottom. I was very willing to accept the program … Continue reading

An Atheist Speaks Out

May 1962

By E. L. from Vermont. This article was first printed in the AA Grapevine in May, 1962. I AM an alcoholic and an atheist. I am addressing this to those alcoholics who have had trouble with the religious overtones in the AA program. But let me state first that it … Continue reading

Slips and Human Nature

William Silkworth

Dr. William Silkworth (1873 – 1951) was the Medical Director at the Towns Hospital and treated Bill W and other early members of AA. He was the first 20th century physician to advocate that alcoholism is an illness, rather than a vice or moral failing. He, probably more than anyone else, is … Continue reading

Without a Higher Power

Grapevine AA

One size does not fit all for this atheist in recovery By Greg H. (San Diego, CA) This atheist “walked into our midst,” and stayed. At the age of 52, I attended my very first AA meeting on Oct. 7, 2001. I have not found it necessary to take a … Continue reading