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Language of Recovery

The articles in this section pertain to how we communicate our recovery with each other. More often then not, the actions we take to maintain our sobriety are more similar than the language we use to express the experience.

Forgiveness and Recovery

Forgiveness and Recovery

I was recently working the Twelve Steps with a sponsee when I began to ponder whether the steps are incomplete. My sponsee and I were on Step 8, reviewing the list of the people to whom he wanted to make amends; they ranged from his grandparents to a recent girlfriend…

My Case Against Spirituality

My Case Against Spirituality

My name is Richard, and I am a grateful recovered alcoholic. I am also an atheist and most certainly not spiritual. It seems like the word spirituality means something different to everyone who uses it in AA. I’ve heard people use “spirituality” to describe strongly theistic belief systems such…

Spirituality and Agnosticism

Spirituality and Agnosticism

When I arrived for my 28 day stay in rehab and introduced myself with a brief autobiographical sketch, I was heralded by the other patients as somebody who surely had the “spirituality stuff” down pat. This seemed a reasonable assumption. After all, I possessed two graduate degrees in theology and…

Agnostic AA 101

Agnostic AA 101

Before we even decide on what we call ourselves (‘Agnostic’, ‘Secular’, ‘WAAFT’, ‘No-Prayer’, etc.), we should also agree upon what exactly makes an AA group or meeting ‘one of ours’… And yes, we should agree on a name too…

The 24-Hour Plan

The 24-Hour Plan

For me the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous has always been the 24-Hour Plan. A day at a time we stay away from the First Drink. I first heard about it as a boy — from my father over the family dinner table. A friend of his had joined AA and…

Emotional Sobriety

Emotional Sobriety

The last page of the last story in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition contains these words: “…we members of AA may never again have to deal with drinking, but we do have to deal with sobriety every day. How do we do it? By learning – through practicing the Twelve…

Share Magazine Articles by Laurie A.

Share Magazine Articles by Laurie A.

According to the 2015 membership survey there are 3,650 AA groups in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) with between 33,000 and 40,000 AA members and over three million individual attendances at meetings each year. Share is the fellowship’s magazine for England and Wales; Scotland has…

Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater: The Merits of the Big Book

Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater: The Merits of the Big Book

There is an old saying that suggests we should not throw the baby out with the bath water. In other words: there may be some nuggets of gold (or a kid) in that dirty water. That is how I feel about the Big Book (BB). There is a great deal…

Compassion

Compassion

Nick hobbled into the AA meeting, shuffling his cane, serenely drunk again, lobotomized by Ripple. He gazed about him, quick-moving darts of blurry eyes, as if uncomprehending fully what he saw…

Am I Agnostic Enough?

Am I Agnostic Enough?

When I walked into the rooms over eight years ago, I would have simply told you that officially I was a lapsed Catholic or ‘fallen away’ as my dear departed mother used to say. Now make no mistake, this was not my first go around in AA…