AA Membership: Growth or Decline?


By Joe C. AA’s General Service Conference takes its own inventory, a process that has spanned several years. How well do we AAs meet our responsibility to reach out our hand, anytime, anywhere? Data helps answer these questions and begs the question, “What can we do to alter or improve?” … Continue reading

Ayahuasca and Addiction


“The question always remains: In what do we take refuge? Do we take refuge in small, self-satisfied actions, speech and mind? Or do we take refuge in warriorship, in taking a leap, in going beyond our usual safety zones?” (Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart) Thus today’s post… Over the … Continue reading

The Jellinek Curve


By life-j. E. M. Jellinek (“Bunky”) is among other things said to be the father of the “Jellinek Curve” which we saw here at AA Agnostica a while back. He was also one of the foremost researchers on alcoholism in his day. It appears that he was one of the … Continue reading

The Anatomy of a Blackout


By Kelly F. Originally published on August 11, 2015, on The Adventures of a Sober Senorita. If you haven’t heard of the book, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget, by Sarah Hepola yet, you’ve most likely been living under a rock. She has been on all of my … Continue reading

Why It Works

Why It Works

I want to acknowledge Jeb B. the curator of Denver, Colorado’s  Freethinkers in AA group, for the title of this article. While browsing his excellent website, which contains ample relevant information for atheists and agnostics who are successfully sober in AA, I clicked on a page entitled “Why It Works.” This is a … Continue reading

I Lost My Faith and Happily So

700 Club

Chapter 3 Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA By John S. It’s hard to believe, but it was twenty-six years ago when I attended my first AA meeting, and fortunately I’ve been sober ever since. The circumstances that brought me to AA are far from unique. I … Continue reading

A New “How It Works”

How It Works

By John S. Writing the book Alcoholics Anonymous, what we today call the Big Book, was a moment of genius and creativity. I can just imagine the excitement in the room when Bill read the steps to the group for the first time, and what an interesting debate it must … Continue reading

Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors

Reviewed by life-j This is maybe the most engaging recovery book I have ever read. OK, recovery writing does not get much better than the beginning couple of pages of Chapter 3 of the Big Book. Bill Wilson has his brilliant moments. But this is different. In Ernie Kurtz’ book … Continue reading