The Sober Truth – Review

Sober Truth

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry By Lance Dodes & Zachary Dodes (Boston: Beacon Press, 2014) Review by John M. In this recently published book by psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes, one would hope that new and refreshing insight might … Continue reading

Step 1

Step 1

This is a chapter from the book: The Alternative Twelve Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery. An Introductory chapter, A Program for Living, was posted on January 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 … Continue reading

A Program for Living

Step Pond

This is the Introductory chapter to the book: The Alternative Twelve Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery. Subsequent chapters, dealing individually with each of the twelve Steps, will be posted on AA Agnostica on the last Wednesday of each month in 2014. The book, originally published in 1991 and written by … Continue reading

Frank Buchman and the Oxford Group

Frank Buchman

By Bob K. The founder of the Oxford movement – a Christian evangelical movement and the birthplace of AA - Frank Nathaniel Daniel Buchman was born in the small town (pop. 1,200) of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, on June 4th, 1878, fourteen months earlier than AA’s future co-founder, Bob Smith. Pennsburg’s population was almost exclusively … Continue reading

The Proactive Twelve Steps

Proactive Twelve Steps

By Serge Prengel Many years ago, I started re-writing the Twelve Steps in order to better understand the process they describe by “translating” the wording of the Steps into language that felt clearer to me. I’m not just talking about language that would make each individual Step clearer. I am … Continue reading