Life on Life’s Terms


Chapter 30: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Frank M. I stood there on my front lawn in handcuffs, to this day I’m not sure why. I had swallowed about a hundred Vicodin and an equal amount of Valium. It hadn’t fully hit me yet, but I … Continue reading

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


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


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