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

Critique of Chapter 8 – To Wives

AA Book

By Clara M. Intro Even Big Book Thumpers have a rough time with “To Wives.” In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, chapter 8 may be the least-thumped, and most skipped, so my first impulse in this critique was to turn the worst bits into Internet memes and declare myself … Continue reading

Critique of Chapter 7 – Working with Others

AA’s Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. By Paul W. Prelude To any unbiased reader, the Big Book’s elaboration on “Working with Others” makes crystal clear … Continue reading