Embracing Our Pain Together

Embrace

Chapter 28: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA By Alyssa S. I’m sitting here reflecting upon the day of St. Valentine. It is bitterly cold outside. It’s time in my recovery for “me time” – a time for introspection, perhaps for self-love. I have longed for this … Continue reading

AA, Alcoholism and Medical Science

Comorbidity

AA never really opened up a channel for two way communication with the medical community. By Brent P. Who Me? My name is Brent and I’m an alcoholic, crack addict and opioid addict. So, in a nutshell, nobody special. But in qualifying as an alcoholic and addict (one in the … Continue reading

The Practical Tool of Meditation

Meditation

By Thomas B. I had my first meditation experience early in my second year of recovery, shortly after I received my one-year medallion at the original Manhattan Group in New York City in November of 1973. It was in the Unity Center auditorium, which in the 70s was a popular … Continue reading

Fitting in rather than out

Fitting In

By Lance B. Me in AA Over 32 years of AA meetings in a small western city, I have seen many new potential members arrive at our group. Usually they were scared and tentative, but after a few weeks they would open up and begin telling us what they felt … Continue reading

The Therapeutic Value of the Group

Alone

By Steve K. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group is a fundamental “mechanism of change” in recovery from alcoholism with respect to providing its members with a supportive social network that promotes sobriety. Participation in the group offers several therapeutic benefits which facilitate and support change for the individual. These therapeutic … Continue reading

A Buddhist Path to Recovery

Meditation

A more diverse world of treatment options casts a wider net for addicts who’ve fallen through the cracks. By Mark Hay Originally published in GOOD on February 18, 2016 At the age of 18, Mary Stancavage started to drink – hard. Freshly transplanted to San Jose after growing up alone … Continue reading