Category: Experience, Strength & Hope

Perry Outside

Perry Street Workshop

By John L. Thousands of people, now living all over the world, have found sobriety in a storefront room in New York City’s Greenwich Village: the Perry Street Workshop.  For me Perry Street will...

Group

And when we were wrong…

By Frank M. I wanted to do this thing right. I wanted to do it by the Big Book. In fact I was pretty sure I needed to, because I appeared to be dying....

Fellowship

An Atheist in AA

By Megan D. When I entered our Program some 33 years ago, I was a complete cynic about life in general and the term “god” made me nauseous in particular. Actually, I was ‘terminally...

Blossoms

My Path in AA

By life-j. The path was not easy for this agnostic in AA. I was an atheist when I got sober, as arrogant as most people with staunchly held beliefs. Sober, I have still never...

Horizon of Hope

First AA Meetings

By Thomas B. A couple of years ago, my wife Jill and I were visiting my daughters and grandkids in Frederick, Maryland. We found an open Big Book meeting listed on the Internet at...

River Thames and Tower Bridge at Dusk, London, England

My Last Binge

By Laurie A. My wife thought I would get up and walk out from my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. The meeting started with a recitation of the 12 Steps suggested as a programme...

Pomegranates

Spirituality for a Non-Believer

By Ed S. My parents sent us three children to Catholic school. After twelve years of attending Catholic schools, first grade through high school, I went away to college and began to question my beliefs....

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Physical Recovery

By John L. Physical recovery is downplayed or even ignored by Alcoholics Anonymous, both in its literature and in practice.  This is unfortunate.  Next to staying away from the First Drink, without which there...

Stormy Seas

My Name is Marnin

By Marnin M. My name is Marnin and I’m an alcoholic and an agnostic/atheist. Marnin is Hebrew for he who brings joy, a singer of songs. In  my youth I was embarrassed to have...

The Bird In Your Hands

By Ivan K. A salesman was traveling from Toronto to London and got lost. He stopped at a farmer’s place to ask directions, and this is the conversation between the two of them: Salesman,...

Willow

The Willow Tree Bark

By Frank M. What follows are the reflections of an agnostic in LA on how the program of AA works. The reflections first address the orthodox theory of the program, which requires a belief...

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Perspective of a Caring Christian

“The inability of many people to understand persons not having a carbon copy of their own stories is surprising.” By Rick A. Do I make it easier or harder for members of AA who...

An Atheist at Alcoholics Anonymous

By Frank B. I am crunched tight in the fetal position, whimpering pitifully on a piss-stained carpet covered with a layer of crushed plastic Wild Oak Cider bottles. I have ended pretty much every...