Listening for the Reality

Grapevine

This article was printed in the AA Grapevine 24 years ago in April, 1991. That’s a long time ago, and yet it still resonates today. That definitely makes it a sign of an unresolved problem within our Fellowship. By Anonymous Copyright © AA Grapevine When the twelfth stepper who took me to … 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

Flower TGIF

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 Buddha and Bill W.

The Buddha

By Regina Walker Originally published on February 3, 2015 in The Fix. AA is often accused of being a Christian cult, but it has a lot more in common with Buddhism than many may realize. Consider the eight-part program laid down in Buddhism: Right view, right aim, right speech, right … Continue reading

The Steps Cafeteria-Style

Sunflowers at Sunset

“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

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

Al-Anon Agnostica

Anon

By Lisa M. Hi, my name is Lisa and I am not an alcoholic. I am, however, the daughter, the ex-wife and the mother of alcoholics. I was raised in a house with a father who drank. No surprise, my first husband also drank. I had accepted drinking excessively as the … Continue reading