Common Sense Recovery – Second Edition

CSR Cover

An expanded second edition of Common Sense Recovery: An Atheist’s Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous is now available.  It contains several additional chapters as well as a Foreword by Ward Ewing, former chair of the AA General Service Board. A paperback version is available at Recovery 101 and at Amazon. It is also available online … Continue reading

Hallowed be the Big Book?

Wind and Sun

By Laurie A. The Preface to the fourth edition of the Big Book notes, “Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it. … 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

The Impossible Becomes Possible

Santa Monica Pier

By Roger C. It was a something of a miracle, if I may be so bold as to use that word. Almost three hundred women and men gathered in Santa Monica, California, in early November 2014 for the first-ever convention for atheists, agnostics and freethinkers in AA. It was, at … 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