Category: Experience, Strength & Hope

Reflections on the fellowship, program and benefits/shortfalls of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Writer

My AA Story

By Alex M. Growing up as an only child in an alcoholic family was the perfect incubator for an isolated, selfish, self-centered life. My father shared his alcoholism with his mother, and with many...

Clarity

Moments of Clarity

By life-j I’ve always loved hearing stories where people talk about their moment of clarity. That’s where recovery begins. A friend talked about how he was on a thousand mile drunken trip with a...

Denis Featured II

In Memory of Denis

By Dan V. Today I write with a heavy heart and with great sadness about a man whose name is Denis Kilborn. On April 1, 2016, he passed away from cancer complications. His sobriety...

Rose II

A Rose By Any Other Name

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...

Why It Works

Why It Works

By Thomas B. Before I went to my first AA meetings, I was pretty sure I knew what AA was all about. I had seen a couple of old B&W movies, depicting AA as...

Atlanta Convention I

Atlanta 2015 We Agnostics Talk

The 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous was held in Atlanta, Georgia, between July 1 and 5. There were reportedly some 60,000 people in attendance. The theme of the Convention was “80 years – Happy,...

Unity in Diversity

The Importance of Diversity

We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful… The feeling of having shared in a common peril is...

Reaching Out

Sponsorship in AA

This article is dedicated to the memory of Ernie Kurtz, AA’s foremost historian, who was so pleased to include us WAAFTs as members of the Alcoholics Anonymous that he loved so dearly. He was...

13

The 13th Step

TRIGGER WARNING. This article contains content about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering for some readers. By Erin J. By the time I was 21, I had already completed two failed stints in...

Jack Daniels

High School Reunion

By Sher G. This summer I flew to Denver to attend my 30th high school reunion. I’d attended my 20th and had a great time. I’d also had a few apologies to make, along...

Community

No Human Power

“No matter how outlandish the proposition, if it is supported by impeccable evidence and logic, it is most likely true, at least until even more impeccable evidence and logic refutes it and progress is...

quakerism

Don’t Throw the Baby Out

By Laurie A. “His religious education and training may be far superior to yours…” (Working With Others, Big Book, page 93). That almost certainly applied to me when I was 12 Stepped by two...