Step 12 and How to Work a Program

Step 12

This is two chapters from the book: The Alternative Twelve Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery: Step 12 and How to Work a Program. The previous chapter, Step 11, was posted on November 26, 2014. This will be the last serial post from this book. The book, originally published in 1991 and … 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

From Believer to Non-Believer

Grapevine

 At around 8 years sober, he redefined his Higher Power By Bob S., Louisville, Ky. Published online by the AA Grapevine in November 2014. Copyright ©  AA Grapevine. You can subscribe to the online or print version (or both) right here: AA Grapevine. My journey in AA began in 1985 and I … Continue reading

AA as “stealth Buddhism”

buddha wallpaper

By Thom L I’ve sometime heard at meetings in western Massachusetts that AA is “stealth Buddhism”. I like to think of the historical Buddha as one of the first addictions counselors. He observed that the “dissatisfaction / anguish” we all experience in life is a result of our cravings, and … 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

High School Reunion

Jack Daniels

By Sher G. This summer I flew to Denver to attend my 30th high school reunion. I’d attended my 20th and had a great time. I’d also had a few apologies to make, along with a handful of embarrassing memories that have lingered. There was Dan, who shared about joining … Continue reading