Motions to Welcome Agnostic AA Groups

Welcome

Democratic efforts to ensure that Alcoholics Anonymous welcomes secular groups – and doesn’t delist them as was done in Toronto and Vancouver – were launched in both Canada and the United States on Sunday. Motions to relist agnostic groups and for AA to always be “inclusive and never exclusive” were … Continue reading

Books: Prospecting for Sobriety

Books

A potential chapter in The Practical Book: Tools We Find Helpful in Recovery. By Norm R. As a recovering alcoholic, I attend meetings and try faithfully to work the Steps. Some meetings, however, can be discouraging; then my healing depends on books. Space would not permit naming all the books … Continue reading

Ten Ways to Stay Sober

Survival

This article was first published on March 8th on The Fix: 10 Ways to Stay Sober When Everything’s Falling Apart. We are re-posting it here today for two reasons: first, it is an excellent article and second, it is an inspiration for us as we continue to work on The … Continue reading

Technology and Recovery

Internet

By D.G. I was born and raised on a farm in rural Virginia, and many times have heard my parents and older members of my family and community recount tales of their daily lives and practices that would be entirely foreign to almost all of us today. My grandmother’s first … 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

Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research

Willenbring

Foreword by Chris G: This article describes Dr. Willenbring’s history of research, and the clinic he has set up to provide treatment based on the best scientific evidence available – something typically ignored by existing treatment facilities. Dr. Willenbring points out that after years of chemical use & abuse, an … Continue reading

A Different Road

Different Road

This article was first published in the Chicago Tribune twenty-one years ago, on February 22, 1995. It reports on alcoholics in AA celebrating – “the drunks are having a party” – the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the very first “Quad A” meeting – Alcoholics Anonymous for Atheists and Agnostics. Today there are a dozen such … Continue reading

He’s a Real Tool

Alkie Cravens

By Joanne O. I call him “Alkie, Alkie Cravens”. I invented him. And you might say he invented the alcoholic me. He is a cartoon character that I created to personify the physical cravings, automatic thoughts, habits, self-defeating behaviors, and character defects that we eventually come to recognize as our alcoholic … Continue reading

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

AA Atheists and Human Rights

Gavel

By Roger C. On May 31, 2011, two agnostic AA groups were booted out of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Intergroup and off of the area AA meeting lists. That was disturbing and offensive to many people within the fellowship of AA. Within a few days an article appeared on … Continue reading