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

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

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

Step 11

Step 11

This is a chapter from the book: The Alternative Twelve Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery. The previous chapter, Step 10, was posted on October 29, 2014, and subsequent chapters dealing with each of the twelve Steps will be posted on AA Agnostica on the last Wednesday of each month ending in December, 2014. The book, originally … Continue reading