Principles and the 12 Steps

Legal Steps

By Patricia K. I have been sober for a while. I got sober before the development of AA meetings for atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. Even though I do not believe in a god, I stayed in mainstream AA and edited the language and the literature so it fit with my … Continue reading

A Holy Terror of an Alcoholic

Woman Alcoholic

Chapter 26: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Cheryl K. A short-lived, yet holy terror of an alcoholic ride commenced when I was arrested, handcuffed, and escorted from High School on charges of possession with intent to distribute. I was fifteen years old. By my senior year, … Continue reading

The 10 Hardest Drugs to Kick

Butt

Editor’s Note: I have a friend who describes herself in the rooms of AA this way: “My name is Joanne and I am an alcoholic and an addict”. Being addicted to more than one substance is not the exception but the norm. Nor should identifying in this manner be frowned … Continue reading

Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research

Willenbring

Foreword by Chris G: This article describes Dr. Willenbring’s history of research, and the clinic he has set up to provide treatment based on the best scientific evidence available – something typically ignored by existing treatment facilities. Dr. Willenbring points out that after years of chemical use & abuse, an … Continue reading

He’s a Real Tool

Alkie Cravens

By Joanne O. I call him “Alkie, Alkie Cravens”. I invented him. And you might say he invented the alcoholic me. He is a cartoon character that I created to personify the physical cravings, automatic thoughts, habits, self-defeating behaviors, and character defects that we eventually come to recognize as our alcoholic … Continue reading

Addiction and Suffering – Gabor Maté

Gabor Mate

Dr. Gabor Maté specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and trauma. He is well known for his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body health. Dr. Maté’s bestselling books include the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Rather than offering … Continue reading