Buddhism and the 12 Steps

Buddhas

By Roger C. There would appear to be much in common between Buddhist thought and the 12 Step recovery program practised by some in AA. A number of books have made the connection between them. Three of the more popular ones include Kevin Griffin’s work, One Breath at a Time: … Continue reading

The Trouble with Tradition Three

Tradition

By  Svukic The following is the long form of Tradition Three as quoted in my copies of Alcoholics Anonymous (the volume that is reverentially and affectionately referred to as “The Big Book” by orthodox members of AA) and Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions (both published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, … Continue reading

In the name of God

Name of God

By John F. In many groups, AA groups or otherwise, the vocal minority often trumps and drowns out the more passive majority, particularly when a good portion of that majority is comprised of folks whose serenity has brought them to the point described on page 84 of the Big Book, … Continue reading

My Last Traditional AA Meeting

Walking away

By Sher G. This story actually starts a bit before my final traditional AA meeting. The single most compelling thing for me when I started going to AA was when faces started to look familiar, and even more compelling was when some of those faces recognized mine and greeted me with … Continue reading

The Resilience of Alcoholics Anonymous

Hooked

By Bill White and Ernie Kurtz Attacking Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and 12-step oriented addiction treatment has become a specialized industry with its own genre of literature, celebrity authors and speakers, single-focus websites, and promoted alternatives.  Collectively, these critics suggest that A.A. is an anachronism whose effectiveness has been exaggerated and … Continue reading

Alcoholism – What’s It All About?

Whats It All About

By bob k. “If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.” This is one of the descriptions of alcoholism from the book “Alcoholics Anonymous,” referred to affectionately by AA members … Continue reading