Category: History – Early

The early history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the men and women who had an impact on the nascent fellowship.

Courtenay Baylor

By bob k If for no other reason, Courtenay Baylor should be of interest to modern AA members for being the first recovered alcoholic to work as a professionally paid addictions counselor. He set...

Acceptance?

By John B Something about 12 Step recovery that continues to pique my interest is how some assertions that make absolutely no sense to me have been endowed with the status of AA infallibility....

Tales of Spiritual Experience

I’ll never smoke weed with Willie again My party’s all over before it begins You can pour me some Old Whiskey River my friend. But I’ll never smoke weed with Willie again. Toby Keith...

Dr Wilson and Mr Hide

By life-j Biographies of Bill Wilson, while not telling us anything which is actually untrue, do tend to look mostly at the Saint Bill, “plus a few problems too hard to overlook”, such as...

AA Spirituality

Bill W, LSD, and AA Spirituality

By bob k Toward the end of 1943, the Wilsons were preparing to leave New York. Bill was tired and depressed, and very much looking forward to an upcoming cross-country trip with Lois. Alcoholics...

Dr. Bob's Home

A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous

Bobby Beach is back! On March 16, 2017, Bobby Beach made his AA Agnostica debut with “The Watering Down of AA”, an angry anti-fundamentalist screed in response to the angry fundamentalist, anti-atheist, anti-agnostic, anti-weak...

Waterfalls

The Watering Down of AA

By Bobby Beach Not a New Thing On any given day, the AA world witnesses a remarkable volume of whining about the watering down of Alcoholics Anonymous. Various individuals, groups, and institutions comprise the...

New York City

The first agnostic AA meetings in New York

This was the third of three main talks at a workshop on the history of secular AA at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention in Austin, Texas, in November 2016. By...

charlie-p

My Name is Charlie Polacheck

By Nick H. Hello my name is Nick and I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been sober since February 15, 1991. I had the privilege of knowing Charlie Polacheck in the last 12 years of his...