Coming Out Atheist in Conventional AA

Closet Door

By John H. Washington DC We Agnostics Group One of the more difficult challenges facing a non-believing member of Alcoholics Anonymous is in how to approach the fact of one’s non-belief in a conventional AA meeting. In this article I am addressing myself primarily to self-identified Atheists as a lifelong … Continue reading

Common Sense Recovery

CSR Cover

An expanded second edition of Common Sense Recovery: An Atheist’s Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous is now available.  It contains several additional chapters as well as a Foreword by Ward Ewing, former chair of the AA General Service Board. A paperback version is available at Recovery 101 and at Amazon. It is also available online … Continue reading

Hallowed be the Big Book?

Wind and Sun

By Laurie A. The Preface to the fourth edition of the Big Book notes, “Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it. … Continue reading

The Impossible Becomes Possible

Santa Monica Pier

By Roger C. It was a something of a miracle, if I may be so bold as to use that word. Almost three hundred women and men gathered in Santa Monica, California, in early November 2014 for the first-ever convention for atheists, agnostics and freethinkers in AA. It was, at … Continue reading

AA Without the God?

To Thine Own

Is believing in a higher power an essential component of the recovery process? By David Sack, M.D. Published on December 10, 2014 in Where Science Meets the Steps (Psychology Today) It’s a comment I’ve heard often in my years helping those with addictions: “I tried AA, but I just couldn’t get … Continue reading

Agnostic AA Meetings Gaining Momentum

Growth

By Russ H There is a story about agnostic AA meetings that needs to be told. It is about growth, acceptance and inclusiveness in Alcoholics Anonymous. It is an important story because so much attention has lately been focused (and rightly so) on accounts of resistance to these meetings and efforts to … Continue reading