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

Step 6

Step 6

This is a chapter from the pioneering book: The Alternative Twelve Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery. It was written by two women, Martha Cleveland and Arlys G., and originally published in 1991. As valuable today as it was then, a second edition of this exceptional work has been published by AA Agnostica. _____ Be … Continue reading

A 12 Step Agnostic

One Way

By Steve K. As a child I had the common experience of growing up in a home with an alcoholic parent. My stepfather was a daily drinker who was incapable of forming a loving relationship with me or my younger brother. He seemed to resent us instead and was emotionally abusive … Continue reading

The Jellinek Curve


By life-j. E. M. Jellinek (“Bunky”) is among other things said to be the father of the “Jellinek Curve” which we saw here at AA Agnostica a while back. He was also one of the foremost researchers on alcoholism in his day. It appears that he was one of the … Continue reading

I Lost My Faith and Happily So

700 Club

Chapter 3 Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA By John S. It’s hard to believe, but it was twenty-six years ago when I attended my first AA meeting, and fortunately I’ve been sober ever since. The circumstances that brought me to AA are far from unique. I … Continue reading

Survivors of Addiction

Survivors of Addiction 300

This is a review of the book Survivors of Addiction: Narratives of Recovery by Mary Addenbrooke. It was originally published in The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Volume 57, Issue 3, 2012. __________ This is an important book, crafted with great care, which builds much needed bridges between psychoanalysts, addiction counsellors … Continue reading

The Great Chain of Being

Great chain of being

By Adam N. I was a mere lad of 26 when I was flown off to a treatment facility deep in the Minnesota woods, in the midst of an icy, snow-covered winter. I was seriously beaten down, hammered into a state of reasonableness. I spent the next couple of decades … Continue reading