Don’t drink and go to meetings


A chapter in The Practical Book: Tools We Find Helpful in Recovery? Comments welcomed below. By Russ H. When I walked into my first AA meeting I had no idea what to expect. I knew nothing about the AA program of recovery. I certainly made no assumption that I would … Continue reading

Remembering Ernie Kurtz

Ernie Featured

By bob k Catholics priests are not among those who one would expect to find heading a list of crusaders for the freethinker movement in Alcoholics Anonymous. Nonetheless Ernest Kurtz, ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1961, was a dear friend of, an enthusiastic proponent of the work being … Continue reading


Two people

This is the first article submitted for The Practical Book and posted on AA Agnostica for feedback (comments) from you, our readers. It has many of the qualities we are looking for in these submissions. First, the “tool” used in recovery – in this case identification with other alcoholics – is … Continue reading

Diluted Emotions


Chapter 14: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Deirdre S. I drank for twenty years. Too many times I drank past my tolerance level and woke up shivering on some bathroom floor. When I picked up my first beer of the night, I rarely knew how or … Continue reading

Spirituality As I Understand It

Self Pity

Chapter 11: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Gabe S. I showed signs of what I think of as “spiritual malady” from as far back as I can remember. As a child, I was absorbed in fantasy. I was the God of my own fantasies, creating worlds … Continue reading

Atheist in a Foxhole

Eternal Man

Chapter 5: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Russ H. On a sunny Saturday morning at the end of July, 1995, I pulled into the cul-de-sac where I lived with my wife of 19 years and our two teenage children. My sister’s van was parked in the … Continue reading

A Rose By Any Other Name

Rose II

By Adam N. Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, in which Ebenezer Scrooge experiences a radical personality transformation, moved me to tears last year. Like most of the men I know, this is not a common occurrence. I don’t cry much. Nothing against it, it just doesn’t happen very often. When … Continue reading