If You Want What We Have

Sunflower Field

By Russ H. The vast majority of AA members have heard How It Works read aloud at the beginning of meetings. It is such a common practice that many of us have passively committed this six hundred and thirty word tract to memory simply by repeated exposure. Taken verbatim from … Continue reading

An Atheist’s Twelfth Step

Individualism

By JHG When we first get to AA, we can just “take what we like and leave the rest”, but eventually, we have to decide whether we’re even going to stay. And if we stay, we need to do what we can to get the most out of the experience. There is … Continue reading

Common Sense Recovery

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

The 13th Step

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By Erin J. By the time I was 21, I had already completed two failed stints in rehab and was in and out of AA meeting rooms. I’m always hesitant to attach narratives to my past experiences because it’s so easy to package them neatly into little boxes and explain … Continue reading

Another Atheist In Recovery

Another Atheist in Recovery

Reviewed by Christopher G. If you are new or old in recovery and you have old ideas that aren’t working anymore, you may find, like me, that when you get rid of an old idea (especially a big one like God), even timidly or hesitantly so, that all of your … 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

AA Without the God?

To Thine Own

Is believing in a higher power an essential component of the recovery process? By David Sack, M.D. Published on December 10, 2014 in Where Science Meets the Steps (Psychology Today) It’s a comment I’ve heard often in my years helping those with addictions: “I tried AA, but I just couldn’t get … Continue reading