Changing the 12 Steps of AA

To Thine Own Self

Simply because we have convictions that work very well for us, it becomes quite easy to assume that we have all of the truth. Whenever this brand of arrogance develops we are sure to become aggressive. We demand agreement with us. We play God. This isn’t good dogma. This is … Continue reading

A 12 Step Agnostic

One Way

By Steve K. As a child I had the common experience of growing up in a home with an alcoholic parent. My stepfather was a daily drinker who was incapable of forming a loving relationship with me or my younger brother. He seemed to resent us instead and was emotionally abusive … Continue reading

Rewriting the 12 Steps for Atheists

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By Tracy Chabala This article was originally published in the the AfterPartyMagazine, a division of RehabReviews.com. One of the biggest concerns of many AA newbies is the “God thing.” I sympathize, because I still have an issue with the God thing after eight years in AA. I’ve tried to avoid … Continue reading

The Therapeutic Effects of the 12 Steps

True Self

By Allen Berger, PhD The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been heralded as the most important spiritual development of the past 100 years. It is my opinion that they should also be considered one of the most innovative psychological interventions of the past century. As evidence, consider the fact … Continue reading

A Skeptic’s Journey to a Higher Power

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Originally published in TGIF at Renascent on February 27, 2015. TGIF Weekly Recovery News is an e-newsletter published on Fridays by Renascent, one of Canada’s leading abstinence-based treatment centre, and features articles and lived experience essays on a variety of themes relating to recovery from alcoholism and addiction. Email subscriptions are free … Continue reading

The Steps Cafeteria-Style

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“The 12 Steps are so formed and presented that an alcoholic can either ignore them completely, take them cafeteria-style, or embrace them wholeheartedly.” (from the Conference-approved pamphlet, A Member’s Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous) When I was editor of “Share”, Britain’s AA magazine, I commissioned this article by Anthony K., … Continue reading

A power greater than ourselves

Step 2

By Mykel P. The second step of AA reads as follows: “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity”. Perhaps a sensible approach would be to break down the statement into its component molecules and to define key words in the understanding that this … Continue reading

If You Want What We Have

Sunflower Field

By Russ H. The vast majority of AA members have heard How It Works read aloud at the beginning of meetings. It is such a common practice that many of us have passively committed this six hundred and thirty word tract to memory simply by repeated exposure. Taken verbatim from … Continue reading

An Atheist’s Twelfth Step

Individualism

By JHG When we first get to AA, we can just “take what we like and leave the rest”, but eventually, we have to decide whether we’re even going to stay. And if we stay, we need to do what we can to get the most out of the experience. There is … Continue reading

The Doorknob Deity

Doorknob

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. By Tom P. AA saved my life and set me on an exciting journey of personal growth and transformation. I am very grateful. Yet, with regard to religion, it feels to me … Continue reading

Practising Virtue and 12 Step Recovery

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By Steve K. Introduction My goal in writing this essay is to demonstrate how practising virtue – defined as a trait or quality of character considered to be morally good or desirable – is essential to the practice of the 12 Step program of recovery originated by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). … Continue reading

Sophrosune: A Higher Power for Freethinkers

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By John L. Introducing Sophrosune [So-fro-SU-nay], a goddess of Ancient Greece, who personifies virtues germane to us in recovery. She is the spirit of moderation, self-control, temperance, restraint, and discretion. Sophrosune was one of the good spirits who escaped when Pandora opened the box that contained all the evils of … Continue reading