Author: Roger

Sober a Long Time – Now What?

By Jeanine Bassett A few years ago, I perused the literature table at a local AA conference (HOWL in Hood River, Oregon).  Noting the daily meditation books, many of which I’d been reading for...

The Underground Railroad

By bob k. My father Maury was of the World War II generation. Luckily for me, his military service did not take him outside of Canada, as many who crossed the ocean did not...

Alcoholism vs. Addiction

How much do alcoholics and drug addicts really have in common? Our experts explain the similarities as well as the differences. By Kristen McGuiness Originally published on The Fix “When I first got sober,...

The AA Canon

We have to live today by what truth we can get today, and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. William James* By Dean W When I was a much younger man I served...

Why is the Big Book Sacred?

Sacred: Connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose or deserving veneration. Cui Bono (to whom is it a benefit?) By Paul W. Prelude The Big Book, which is  the...

Secularization and AA

By Dean W In my recent essay, Religion and AA, I used William E. Paden’s book Religious Worlds: A Comparative Study of Religion (1988) to show that despite the common claim that AA is...

AA Meeting Guide

By Roger C Want to find an AA meeting? Want to find a secular AA meeting? Well, it’s easy these days. You can find them on your mobile device. All you have to do...

What’s Gender Got To Do With It?

About one-third of alcoholics in the United States are women. But despite having differences in the causes and symptoms of alcoholism, men and women receive the same treatment. Why? By Regina Walker Originally published...

Religion and AA

By Dean W For about twenty-five years I was your average, traditional AA member. Then over about five years I gradually became an agnostic AA member. In 2018 I helped start an agnostic group,...

From 0 to 20 Secular AA Groups in Ontario

By Roger C Toronto’s Beyond Belief Agnostics & Freethinkers is the oldest and still active secular AA group in Canada. It held its first meeting on September 24th, 2009 at the Ontario Institute of...