Service and Sponsorship


By Steven V. Service Before coming to AA, I spent most of my time thinking about, well, me. I was often thinking about how poorly my life was going, how dissatisfied I was with my love life (or lack thereof), why I wasn’t getting the promotions I thought I deserved, … Continue reading

Utter Desperation


Chapter 24: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Alice B. Nothing could have brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous other than utter desperation and the lack of any viable alternative. I started drinking when I was twelve years old, despite growing up in a supportive family where no … Continue reading

The Practical Tool of Meditation


By Thomas B. I had my first meditation experience early in my second year of recovery, shortly after I received my one-year medallion at the original Manhattan Group in New York City in November of 1973. It was in the Unity Center auditorium, which in the 70s was a popular … Continue reading

The Power is in the Process


Chapter 23: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA John C. I started drinking at 30 years old. This was because my father was an alcoholic. He was not a bar drinker, but he came home every night and terrorized the family. At 14 years old I made … Continue reading

The Second Secular AA Convention

Austin Convention

“AA started in riots. It rose in riots.” Clarence Snyder By Roger C. The second international convention for agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in AA will be held in November in Austin, Texas. The convention will run Friday through Sunday, November 11 – 13, and will be held at the Crowne … Continue reading

An Agnostic Reflects on AA Today


By Peter T. As an Alcoholics Anonymous member of long-standing in Ontario, I am dismayed and shamed by the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup (GTAI) declaration at the January, 2016 Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that AA is a “religious organization”, and that to be part of it, AA groups “must … Continue reading

Fitting in rather than out

Fitting In

By Lance B. Me in AA Over 32 years of AA meetings in a small western city, I have seen many new potential members arrive at our group. Usually they were scared and tentative, but after a few weeks they would open up and begin telling us what they felt … Continue reading

We Agnostics

San Diego

This was a talk given at the 39th annual AA Spring Roundup in San Diego, March 24-27, 2016,  Easter weekend. There were 50 or so people in the room. Rob reports that for many it was their first time hearing about the agnostic/ atheist/ freethinker movement within AA, and several … Continue reading

The Therapeutic Value of the Group


By Steve K. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group is a fundamental “mechanism of change” in recovery from alcoholism with respect to providing its members with a supportive social network that promotes sobriety. Participation in the group offers several therapeutic benefits which facilitate and support change for the individual. These therapeutic … Continue reading

Positive Attitude Changes Everything


Chapter 22: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Helen L. My name is Helen and I am an alcoholic. That simply means that I cannot safely drink. I have been introducing myself at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that way for 30 years. I came into the rooms at … Continue reading

A Buddhist Path to Recovery


A more diverse world of treatment options casts a wider net for addicts who’ve fallen through the cracks. By Mark Hay Originally published in GOOD on February 18, 2016 At the age of 18, Mary Stancavage started to drink – hard. Freshly transplanted to San Jose after growing up alone … Continue reading

Motions to Welcome Agnostic AA Groups


Democratic efforts to ensure that Alcoholics Anonymous welcomes secular groups – and doesn’t delist them as was done in Toronto and Vancouver – were launched in both Canada and the United States on Sunday. Motions to relist agnostic groups and for AA to always be “inclusive and never exclusive” were … Continue reading