The Sober Truth – Review

Sober Truth

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry By Lance Dodes & Zachary Dodes (Boston: Beacon Press, 2014) Review by John M. In this recently published book by psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes, one would hope that new and refreshing insight might … Continue reading

A History of Agnostic Groups in AA

A History

Now available as an ebook in all versions, including Kindle, Kobo and Nook Review by Chris G. When the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, was being written there was an irritating atheist in the mix: Jim Burwell. He was responsible for the phrase “God, as we understood Him” in the Steps … Continue reading


Drink Banner

By Amelia C. Ann Dowsett Johnston’s Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, as the title suggests, is an examination of the special issues that women face as alcoholics and as both participants in and targets of the industry that surrounds the consumption of alcohol. I read – and … Continue reading

The Proactive Twelve Steps

Proactive Twelve Steps

By Serge Prengel Many years ago, I started re-writing the Twelve Steps in order to better understand the process they describe by “translating” the wording of the Steps into language that felt clearer to me. I’m not just talking about language that would make each individual Step clearer. I am … Continue reading

Women and AA

Broken Face

By Amy Gutman The first time I walked into an AA meeting, I knew I was in the right place. It was a small women’s meeting on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where I was then living, and what I found entranced me: Attractive, successful, articulate women talking – … Continue reading