The Talking Cure in Recovery

Talking

Originally published in DARA, a Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Thailand A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved A popular proverb claims that a problem shared is a problem halved. There is good evidence to suggest that talking about worries and concerns can be highly beneficial for the individual. It … Continue reading

Manitoba Keystone Conference

Keystone Featured

 2018 AA Keystone Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba October 26 & 27, 2018 By Cathy M. Members of the Winnipeg secular AA group, Beyond Belief, heard that the organizing committee for the annual Manitoba Keystone Conference was looking at new ideas for the 2018 conference. Bingo! We got a package together citing … Continue reading

Trauma and Addiction are Indisputably Linked

Trauma

By David B. Bohl Originally posted on July 16, 2018 on David B. Bohl Parallel Universes I don’t know a lot of people with addiction whose stories don’t include the kind of experiences that would raise the hair on your neck. Broken homes, toxic relationships, abuse, neglect, poverty – there … Continue reading

2018 ICSAA Toronto Conference

ICSAA Toronto

 By Thomas B. The third biennial conference of Secular AA (ICSAA 2018), with a theme of Inclusion and Diversity, will take place in Toronto, ON from August 24th through August 26th. The Conference will take place at the Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel at Bay and Dundas Street. During … Continue reading

Everyone’s an Addict

Everyone's an addict

By Vince Hawkins My latest book, Everyone’s an Addict, is many things. It might be seen as a good cop/bad cop approach to treating addiction in the sense that it is spiritual and comforting on one hand, yet very real – like a tough sponsor – on the other. It … Continue reading

Can Mindfulness Meditation Prevent Relapse?

Meditation

By Elizabeth Brico Published in The Fix on February 21, 2018 Mindfulness meditation teaches people how to accept suffering as a normal, cohesive experience, and then move on from it. Relapse has always been a harsh reality of addiction, but as the opioid black market fills with powerful synthetics, relapse … Continue reading

Design for Living

By Alex M. Author of Design for Living: Daily Meditations on the 12 Steps of A.A. for Atheists and Agnostics The first two paragraphs of “We Agnostics” say that being alcoholic I have an illness “which only a spiritual experience will conquer,” and that I have only two alternatives: to … Continue reading

La nécessité de groupes AA laïques au Québec

Les Libres Penseurs

Le recours à la croyance en une Puissance supérieure est-il la seule voie de rétablissement chez les Alcooliques Anonymes ? Par Guy F Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada Introduction Bonjour, mon nom est Guy F., je suis un alcoolique et je suis également humaniste scientifique et athée. Après plus de 25 années … Continue reading

Addiction, Recovery, and Personal Character

Addiction Recovery Character

By Bill White This article was published on February 16, 2018, in The Selected Papers of William L. White The devastating effects of addiction on physical/emotional health and social functioning have been meticulously catalogued, but far less attention has been given to its toll on character and the role character … Continue reading