Is Substance Use the Treatment or the Disease?

Brainexamine

Editor’s Note: Most of us seem to believe that alcoholism is a kind of treatment: an attempt to resolve an underlying trauma or a “spiritual void” and not, initially at any rate, a “disease” of the brain. Is that correct? If not, why the emphasis, for example, on dealing with “character defects”? This … Continue reading

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Water Lily

Editor’s Note: As you are probably aware, we are working on putting together The Practical Book: Tools We Find Helpful in Recovery. Many people find that meditation is one of those tools. In fact, three people have chosen that as their topic for the book. Today we are sharing an … Continue reading

Women’s Meetings

Women

By Mary M. I am approaching thirty years of sobriety and am now living a long way from those incredible women’s meetings of the first twenty years of my recovery in Ontario, Canada. And far away too from those little women’s groups, gatherings and step studies within the overall structure … Continue reading

A New Man

A New Man

Chapter 15: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA David B. Coming to: What happened? Where am I? Who am I? Most alcoholics are familiar with this feeling: an abyss of loss and then a desperate search for the events that led to this point. Sometimes there’s nothing, … Continue reading

Identification

Two people

This is the first article submitted for The Practical Book and posted on AA Agnostica for feedback (comments) from you, our readers. It has many of the qualities we are looking for in these submissions. First, the “tool” used in recovery – in this case identification with other alcoholics – is … Continue reading

Diluted Emotions

Butterfly

Chapter 14: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Deirdre S. I drank for twenty years. Too many times I drank past my tolerance level and woke up shivering on some bathroom floor. When I picked up my first beer of the night, I rarely knew how or … Continue reading

Another Apostate in Sobriety

Walk Away

Chapter 13: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Kit G. Apostate: Noun, a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle. Synonyms: dissenter, defector, deserter, traitor, backslider, turncoat. Looking back over my life, I have been always been part of culture or cult; my identity … Continue reading

Is AA Literature Too Antiquated?

Giant Book

By Dee Young Originally published on The Fix on November 25, 2015 In 77 years and four editions, the Big Book’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions has remained completely unchanged. But most people seem to believe “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Alcoholics and drug addicts are fearful people. … Continue reading

God Problems

Cross on Mountain

Chapter 12: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Betsy M. My father got sober in AA in 1952. He drove two hours round trip to the nearest city to attend the only weekly meeting in his region. I was five, but I have no memories of my … Continue reading