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AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

It has probably happened to most of us during the times when we hadn’t put our lives back together yet, or back in our drinking days, that we’d be nursing an old vehicle along and there would be days we’d say, “Dear god, please let it start”. And that’s about as religious as most of us…

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AA Myth Busting

AA Myth Busting

AA Myth Busting

Every now and then, someone says that Bill Wilson regretted that he wrote “Rarely have we seen a person fail…” and wished he had written “Never…” in How It Works…

One Big Tent Falls Flat for This Reader

One Big Tent Falls Flat for This Reader

One Big Tent Falls Flat for This Reader

My home group in the greater Boise, Idaho area has been a friend of AA Agnostica and AA Beyond Belief for a long time now. It has been our privilege…

Does The “God Word” Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Does The “God Word” Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Does The “God Word” Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Hello fellow atheist, agnostic, and freethinking members of AA.  As some of you may know the 2018 General Service Conference decided to publish a US adaptation of the UK pamphlet…

Secular AA Values

Secular AA Values

Secular AA Values

As the secular AA community begins to coalesce around the conference (International Conference Secular AA) and becomes more organized, our collective values are being formed either tacitly or deliberately. Although…

Every AA Member Has Alternative Steps-It’s Inevitable.

Every AA Member Has Alternative Steps-It’s Inevitable.

Every AA Member Has Alternative Steps-It’s Inevitable.

Everyone has developed an alternative version of the steps in their mind. Why is the word “god” still on the steps and traditions banner? Surely, we should be able to…

New Secular AA Forum

New Secular AA Forum

New Secular AA Forum

Open AA Minds, a new website featuring a secular AA forum, news, announcements and articles was launched at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  The site was created…

Everyone Has Alternatives

Everyone Has Alternatives

Everyone Has Alternatives

Stephen is an AfroAmerican living in Australia. Stephen is an atheist. So am I. Akin to sexuality and political orientation, atheism and agnosticism are hidden traits of character. Atheists/agnostics…

Joe C. on the Humanize Me Podcast

Joe C. on the Humanize Me Podcast

Joe C. on the Humanize Me Podcast

Last month, Joe C. appeared on the Humanize Me podcast with Bart Campolo. Bart is a secular community builder, counselor, and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain for…

Voices in Recovery

Voices in Recovery

Voices in Recovery

Today, I’m announcing Voices in Recovery, a website that provides a place for people in recovery whose voices are not always heard to share their experience, strength, and hope…

Are Atheist-Thumpers Dividing Secular AA?

Are Atheist-Thumpers Dividing Secular AA?

Are Atheist-Thumpers Dividing Secular AA?

Are atheist-thumpers dividing Secular AA?  Yes. Rather, it’s those in Secular AA who smear non-believers as “Atheist-Thumpers” that are doing the partitioning…

Alcoholics Anonymous Dogged by Dogma and Argument

Alcoholics Anonymous Dogged by Dogma and Argument

Alcoholics Anonymous Dogged by Dogma and Argument

“Hi, I’m John, welcome” a kind man said to me as he extended his hand in friendship. Instinctively I responded in kind, saying “I’m PJ” extending my hand…

The 2018 International Conference of Secular AA

The 2018 International Conference of Secular AA

The 2018 International Conference of Secular AA

I am a relative newcomer to Secular AA (just over one year) and on attending the International Conference of Secular AA in downtown Toronto at the Marriott Hotel this past…

AA Beyond Belief at ICSAA

AA Beyond Belief at ICSAA

AA Beyond Belief at ICSAA

In a few days, our Chief Editor Doris A. and I will be in Toronto representing AA Beyond Belief at the International Conference of Secular AA. We will have a…

AA Grapevine Poll: What is Your Favorite Type of AA Meeting?

AA Grapevine Poll: What is Your Favorite Type of AA Meeting?

AA Grapevine Poll: What is Your Favorite Type of AA Meeting?

The AA Grapevine is polling the question “What is your favorite type of meeting?” Among the options included are atheist/agnostic meetings…

International Conference of Secular AA | Updated Information

International Conference of Secular AA | Updated Information

International Conference of Secular AA | Updated Information

The third biennial conference of Secular AA (ICSAA 2018), with a theme of Inclusion and Diversity, will take place in Toronto, ON from August 24th thru August 26th later this…

Narnialcoholics Anonymous

Narnialcoholics Anonymous

Narnialcoholics Anonymous

Sometimes, allegories and metaphors derail like invisible elephants in a porcelain shop. But there is no way to break an omelet without aiming for an egg in the stars when…

International Conference of Secular AA: An Update from Carol M.

International Conference of Secular AA: An Update from Carol M.

International Conference of Secular AA: An Update from Carol M.

In today’s episode, I’ll be speaking with Carol M., the Host City Chair for the International Conference of Secular AA. Carol will update us about the conference to…

A Report on the Survey – The 2020 International AA Convention

A Report on the Survey – The 2020 International AA Convention

A Report on the Survey – The 2020 International AA Convention

Commencing on May 3rd and continuing through May 13th, AA Agnostica and AA Beyond Belief surveyed the Secular AA community in regards to the upcoming 85th AA International Convention to…

Secular AA at the 2020 International AA Convention in Detroit

Secular AA at the 2020 International AA Convention in Detroit

Secular AA at the 2020 International AA Convention in Detroit

AA members from around the world will gather in Detroit, Michigan from July 2nd through July 5th 2020 to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous. The International AA Convention…

Secular AA Meetings Online

Secular AA Meetings Online

Secular AA Meetings Online

Online AA meetings are a great option for those who are not able to attend a face-to-face meeting, or who enjoy the convenience of logging into a meeting…

A Call for Better Networking

A Call for Better Networking

A Call for Better Networking

We secularists, agnostics, and whatever we may be in AA have made some great strides these last few years, in large measure thanks to the aaagnostica, aabeyondbelief, and WAAFT/ICSAA…

Are We Inclusive Or Subtly Divisive?

Are We Inclusive Or Subtly Divisive?

Are We Inclusive Or Subtly Divisive?

This is the text of a speech given by Ernie P. at the 2018 Northeast Regional AA Service Assembly. This was one of three ten-minute presentations on the topic…

Conference Question – Literature for We Agnostics?

Conference Question – Literature for We Agnostics?

Conference Question – Literature for We Agnostics?

The Delegate for Southern California Area 05, Thomas B, is interested in your thoughts on the subject of “conference approved” literature for agnostics and atheists in AA. Both the re…

Widening The Gateway Secular AA Conference

Widening The Gateway Secular AA Conference

Widening The Gateway Secular AA Conference

This is a special edition podcast about the Widening the Gateway Conference. A conference of secular AA members from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond…

Secular AA In Michigan

Secular AA In Michigan

Secular AA In Michigan

AA members in Michigan created an organization and website in an effort to encourage the establishment of more secular AA meetings and groups in their state. The site contains a…

Year-End Review and a Look Forward

Year-End Review and a Look Forward

Year-End Review and a Look Forward

In this first Sunday posting of the New Year we want to touch base with our subscribers about AA Beyond Belief (AABB), both to inform you about the website, and…

AA Grapevine Poll: Which is your preferred ending to a meeting?

AA Grapevine Poll: Which is your preferred ending to a meeting?

AA Grapevine Poll: Which is your preferred ending to a meeting?

Should AA meetings close with the Lord’s Prayer or the Responsibility Declaration? Cast your vote today at the AA Grapevine’s online poll…

Join the AA Beyond Belief Facebook Group

Join the AA Beyond Belief Facebook Group

Join the AA Beyond Belief Facebook Group

AA Beyond Belief has a secret Facebook group made up of AA members from around the world who appreciate a secular experience in Alcoholics Anonymous. The Facebook group is a…

SHAIR 138: What Might a Higher Power Look Like for Atheists or Agnostics?

SHAIR 138: What Might a Higher Power Look Like for Atheists or Agnostics?

SHAIR 138: What Might a Higher Power Look Like for Atheists or Agnostics?

On October 3rd, the SHAIR podcast posted an episode featuring our good friend Joe C. We thought we would republish the podcast here with the show notes originally published at…

AA Beyond Belief

AA Beyond Belief

AA Beyond Belief

It was the summer of 2015 when Roger C. told John S. that he planned to retire from posting the Sunday stories at AA Agnostica, something which he had been…

Freethinkers of Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

Freethinkers of Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

Freethinkers of Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

We are pleased to announce a new website created by Freethinking members of Alcoholics Anonymous in Ireland. Presently, there are not any secular AA meetings in Ireland, but that may…

Toronto Agnostic AA Groups Win Fight for Inclusion

Toronto Agnostic AA Groups Win Fight for Inclusion

Toronto Agnostic AA Groups Win Fight for Inclusion

On the evening of Tuesday, January 31, at the monthly gathering of Toronto area Intergroup reps, the executive committee announced that they had reached a settlement of the Human Rights…

Thinking About Austin

Thinking About Austin

Thinking About Austin

I woke up early on the morning of November the 10th to pick up D, my truck driver friend from Virginia, so we could begin the journey to Austin. D…

Some Observations From Austin

Some Observations From Austin

Some Observations From Austin

Firstly, after the relentless attention paid to the presidential election it was a “blessed relief” (pun intended) to hear virtually no discussion of politics either during the sessions or in…

Renaming WAAFT IAAC

Renaming WAAFT IAAC

Renaming WAAFT IAAC

My brother Dick, who led both me and our older brother into AA, died recently, and family members made sure he had various Catholic, Jewish, and New Age rituals to…

Our Grapevine

Our Grapevine

Our Grapevine

The widely anticipated October issue of the AA Grapevine, featuring a special section devoted to stories by agnostics and atheists in AA, has been published and delivered to mailboxes around…

May You Join Us Soon..in Austin!

May You Join Us Soon..in Austin!

May You Join Us Soon..in Austin!

The 2016 We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers – International AA Convention (WAAFT-IAAC) is happening very soon on the weekend of November 11 – 13 in Austin, Texas. The expected number of…

Latest Developments for WAAFT-IAAC 2016

Latest Developments for WAAFT-IAAC 2016

Latest Developments for WAAFT-IAAC 2016

The planners of WAAFT IAAC 2016 have just issued new updates about the convention in Austin. Tickets will be going out this week! A bar code has been paired with…

Convention Update from WAAFT IAAC

Convention Update from WAAFT IAAC

Convention Update from WAAFT IAAC

Many passionate and dedicated individuals with varying lengths of sobriety who have different viewpoints and experiences – but are united in their desire for a secular AA atmosphere both in Austin…

Rebellion Dogs Radio: Identity, Beliefs and Worldview | Dianne and Pam from WAAFT IAAC

Rebellion Dogs Radio: Identity, Beliefs and Worldview | Dianne and Pam from WAAFT IAAC

Rebellion Dogs Radio: Identity, Beliefs and Worldview | Dianne and Pam from WAAFT IAAC

In this episode of Rebellion Dogs Radio, Joe C. takes a look at identity issues for people in recovery, and chats with Pam W. and Dianne P. about the upcoming…

Kansas City Secular AA Groups Celebrate

Kansas City Secular AA Groups Celebrate

Kansas City Secular AA Groups Celebrate

On August 6, 2016, the two secular AA groups in Kansas City, Missouri will celebrate the anniversaries of their groups. Roger C. from AA Agnostica will be the featured speaker…

In Recovery Magazine | Practicing Virtue by Steve K.

In Recovery Magazine | Practicing Virtue by Steve K.

In Recovery Magazine | Practicing Virtue by Steve K.

The summer issue of In Recovery Magazine features an article by Steve K. Steve is the author of 12 Step Philosophy of Steve K. You can learn more about Steve…

Secular AA Convention Seeks Suggestions and Volunteers

Secular AA Convention Seeks Suggestions and Volunteers

Secular AA Convention Seeks Suggestions and Volunteers

The convention in Austin is only a little more than six months a way, and there’s still a lot of work to be done. The convention planning committee is…

Letter from the Secular AA Convention Planners

Letter from the Secular AA Convention Planners

Letter from the Secular AA Convention Planners

Please come and join us and other secular members of AA from around the world at our 2nd WAAFT International AA convention in Austin, Texas on the weekend of November…

Secular AA Beginners Meeting on Skype

Secular AA Beginners Meeting on Skype

Secular AA Beginners Meeting on Skype

Starting on Sunday April 17, 2016, the Beginner’s Meeting will host a second set of sessions to study A.A.’s 12 Step method,. There are six sessions. Each…

A Motion to Relist Secular AA Groups

A Motion to Relist Secular AA Groups

A Motion to Relist Secular AA Groups

Approximately 5 years ago the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup (GTAI) and the Vancouver Area Intergroup (VAI) committees delisted a number of secular AA groups by refusing to list their meetings…

In Recovery Magazine Article | A Twelve Step Agnostic in AA by Steve K

In Recovery Magazine Article | A Twelve Step Agnostic in AA by Steve K

In Recovery Magazine Article | A Twelve Step Agnostic in AA by Steve K

The Spring 2016 Issue of In Recovery Magazine features an article authored by our friend Steve K. whose help with this site is much needed and appreciated. Steve writes about…

AA Atheists and Human Rights

AA Atheists and Human Rights

AA Atheists and Human Rights

On May 31, 2011, two agnostic AA groups were booted out of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Intergroup and off of the area AA meeting lists. That was disturbing and…

AA Grapevine Seeks Stories from Agnostics and Atheists in AA

AA Grapevine Seeks Stories from Agnostics and Atheists in AA

AA Grapevine Seeks Stories from Agnostics and Atheists in AA

The AA Grapevine has announced that it’s October 2016 issue will feature stories from atheists and agnostics in AA. The magazine, known as “AA’s Meeting in Print” is…

Secular AA Speakers

Katie M. at ICSAA 2018

Katie M. at ICSAA 2018

Katie M. at ICSAA 2018

Katie M., originally from Ireland and now residing in Belgium, was one of the Friday night Fellowship Speakers at the International Conference of Secular AA held in Toronto, Ontario from…

The Cross Addicted Mind

The Cross Addicted Mind

The Cross Addicted Mind

My Name is Deirdre and I am a Cross-Addicted Alcoholic. I am a member of Alcoholics Anonymous because I had a desire to stop drinking and because I say…

We Are A Special Interest Group Within AA

We Are A Special Interest Group Within AA

We Are A Special Interest Group Within AA

Deirdre S. who for many years maintained the first international meeting list for agnostic AA groups, spoke at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention held in Austin…

Pat N. at the 2016 International Secular AA Convention

Pat N. at the 2016 International Secular AA Convention

Pat N. at the 2016 International Secular AA Convention

Pat N. was a keynote speaker at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that was held in Austin, Texas from November 11th through the 13th of 2016…

Life-j “And For That, I am Responsible”

Life-j “And For That, I am Responsible”

Life-j “And For That, I am Responsible”

This is an audio recording and transcript of a talk that life-j gave at his home group on April 17, 2018. In this talk, life-j does a great…

Pam W. at the We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Pam W. at the We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Pam W. at the We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Pam W. a co-founder of the first international secular AA convention, then known as the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention was a keynote speaker at the second…

Ann H. at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Ann H. at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Ann H. at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Ann H. who began attending the We Agnostics Group in Hollywood during its early days, was one of the Fellowship Speakers at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention…

John C. “Where’s the Atheist A?”

John C. “Where’s the Atheist A?”

John C. “Where’s the Atheist A?”

John C. who helped found a secular AA meeting in Paris, France spoke at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention held in Santa Monica California in November 2014…

Deirdre S. at the First International Secular AA Convention (WAFT IAAC 2014)

Deirdre S. at the First International Secular AA Convention (WAFT IAAC 2014)

Deirdre S. at the First International Secular AA Convention (WAFT IAAC 2014)

Deirdre S. from New York City created and managed the International Secular AA Meeting List for 14 years at the website agnosticaanyc.org. In November 2014, she was one of…

Fellowship Speakers Tim M. and Michael B.

Fellowship Speakers Tim M. and Michael B.

Fellowship Speakers Tim M. and Michael B.

This is the second installment in our series of Fellowship speakers from the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention that was held in Santa Monica, California in November 2014…

International Secular AA Conference 2014: Joe C. and Joan C.

International Secular AA Conference 2014: Joe C. and Joan C.

International Secular AA Conference 2014: Joe C. and Joan C.

At the first international secular AA conference held in Santa Monica in 2014, there were seven fellowship speakers. We will be presenting all seven speakers over the coming weeks. Today…

Broaden The Circle Without Breaking The Bond

Broaden The Circle Without Breaking The Bond

Broaden The Circle Without Breaking The Bond

Marya Hornbacher, author of Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power, Madness, Wasted and numerous other works was a keynote speaker at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention that…

Ward Ewing Key Note at the First International Secular AA Conference

Ward Ewing Key Note at the First International Secular AA Conference

Ward Ewing Key Note at the First International Secular AA Conference

Reverend Ward Ewing Chair Emeritus of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous spoke at the first International Conference of Secular AA, which in November 2014 was known as We…

Our Tent Stands Tall and Wide

Our Tent Stands Tall and Wide

Our Tent Stands Tall and Wide

Phyllis H. was the General Manager of the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous when she gave this talk at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention held in…

My Life in AA: Past, Present, Future

My Life in AA: Past, Present, Future

My Life in AA: Past, Present, Future

This is a recording of the closing talk at the Widening the Gateway Secular AA Conference held in Tacoma, Washington on March 31, 2018. The speaker is Bruce H. and…

What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny

What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny

What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny

This is a recording of Ray B.’s opening talk at the Widening the Gateway Secular AA Conference held in Tacoma, Washington on March 31, 2018 followed with a…

Podcast Episodes

Episode 99: Sugar and Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman

Episode 99: Sugar and Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman

Episode 99: Sugar and Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman

Dr. Vera Tarman has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 1994 and has been the Medical Director of Renascent, a treatment center in Toronto since 2006. She…

Episode 98: Creativity in Recovery

Episode 98: Creativity in Recovery

Episode 98: Creativity in Recovery

A few months ago, I read a poem that was posted on our Facebook group, written by Robert B from Madison, Wisconsin. In his post, Robert mentioned that at the…

Episode 97: Many Paths Secular AA Group In Urbana IL

Episode 97: Many Paths Secular AA Group In Urbana IL

Episode 97: Many Paths Secular AA Group In Urbana IL

Can the 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous be enforced? Can AA groups or AA members be punished for not conforming? Can special-purpose groups within Alcoholics Anonymous affiliate with each…

Episode 96: Shift Happens

Episode 96: Shift Happens

Episode 96: Shift Happens

Margot Genger author of Shift Happens: Breakdowns During LIfe’s Long Hauls, discusses recovery from alcoholism and mental illness while recounting her adventures as an over-the-road trucker in…

Episode 95: Bruce H. from Seattle’s Many Paths Group

Episode 95: Bruce H. from Seattle’s Many Paths Group

Episode 95: Bruce H. from Seattle’s Many Paths Group

In today’s episode, I’ll be speaking with Bruce H from the Many Paths group in Seattle, Washington. Bruce has been sober for over 40 years, and recently was…

Episode 94: Tomas L.

Episode 94: Tomas L.

Episode 94: Tomas L.

Today, I’ll be speaking with Tomas L., from Gothenburg, Sweden. I met Tomas in the secret Facebook group for AA Beyond Belief. One day, we were all posting comments…

Episode 93: Dr. Ray Baker-The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Episode 93: Dr. Ray Baker-The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Episode 93: Dr. Ray Baker-The Science of Addiction and Recovery

In today’s episode, I’ll be speaking with Dr. Ray Baker, an expert in the field of Addiction Medicine. Recently, Dr. Baker served on a national expert committee for…

International Conference of Secular AA: An Update from Carol M.

International Conference of Secular AA: An Update from Carol M.

International Conference of Secular AA: An Update from Carol M.

In today’s episode, I’ll be speaking with Carol M., the Host City Chair for the International Conference of Secular AA. Carol will update us about the conference to…

Episode 92: The God Word

Episode 92: The God Word

Episode 92: The God Word

Today’s episode features a conversation with our friend, Joe C. from Rebellion Dogs Radio, and author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life. We’ll be airing…

Episode 91: Recovery 2.0

Episode 91: Recovery 2.0

Episode 91: Recovery 2.0

Tommy Rosen is the author of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life. He is a yoga teacher with over two decades of experience with yoga, recovery…

Episode 90: Core of Recovery

Episode 90: Core of Recovery

Episode 90: Core of Recovery

Today’s podcast features a recording of a panel discussion at the Widening the Gateway Secular AA Conference held at Tacoma, Washington on March 31, 2018. The moderator of the…

Episode 89: The Sinclair Method

Episode 89: The Sinclair Method

Episode 89: The Sinclair Method

In today’s episode, I will be speaking with Gary Bell from Hartlepool, England. Gary and I will be discussing a promising treatment for alcohol use disorder, known as The…

Episode 88: Life-J

Episode 88: Life-J

Episode 88: Life-J

life-j is a friend of both AA Beyond Belief and AA Agnostica. He has written several articles for both sites, and was also published in the AA Grapevine. In…

Episode 87: Is God A Requirement For AA Membership

Episode 87: Is God A Requirement For AA Membership

Episode 87: Is God A Requirement For AA Membership

This podcast features a conversation with Ernie P, who spoke at the 2018 Northeast Regional AA Service Assembly on the topic “Is God a Requirement for AA Membership?” Ernie will…

Episode 86: Godless Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous

Episode 86: Godless Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous

Episode 86: Godless Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous

In this episode, I’ll be speaking with Lee from London, England, a member of Overeaters Anonymous. We’ll talk about her experience with binge eating and drinking, as well…

We Agnostics KC Sobriety Anniversary: Marty K. and Julie K.

We Agnostics KC Sobriety Anniversary: Marty K. and Julie K.

We Agnostics KC Sobriety Anniversary: Marty K. and Julie K.

This podcast is a recording of the monthly anniversary meeting at We Agnostics Kansas City. Marty K. celebrated three years of sobriety and Julie K. celebrated thirty years. The group…

Episode 85: An Atheist AA in London

Episode 85: An Atheist AA in London

Episode 85: An Atheist AA in London

In today’s episode, we’ll meet Dan from London, England. Dan helped found the first agnostic AA meeting in London. He’ll share his story and give us his…

Episode 84: Safety in AA

Episode 84: Safety in AA

Episode 84: Safety in AA

Three women share their stories on the topic of safety in AA. Sarah J. from Johannesburg, South Africa talks about her experience with emotional exploitation. Lisa X. from Rochester, New…

Episode 83: Sexual Harassment and Predation in AA

Episode 83: Sexual Harassment and Predation in AA

Episode 83: Sexual Harassment and Predation in AA

Today’s episode is the first of two episodes addressing the topic of sexual predation and harassment in Alcoholics Anonymous and features a conversation with Heather B. from Indianapolis, Indiana…

Episode 82: Parallel Universes

Episode 82: Parallel Universes

Episode 82: Parallel Universes

Parallel Universes: The Story of Rebirth is a new book, a recovery memoir written by David B. Bohl. Today, AA Agnostica published a review of the book written by Thomas…

Episode 81: Secular AA in the Buckle of the Bible Belt

Episode 81: Secular AA in the Buckle of the Bible Belt

Episode 81: Secular AA in the Buckle of the Bible Belt

In today’s podcast, we meet Andrew A. from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma who discusses his experience with starting a secular AA meeting in the very buckle of America’s Bible…

Widening The Gateway Secular AA Conference

Widening The Gateway Secular AA Conference

Widening The Gateway Secular AA Conference

This is a special edition podcast about the Widening the Gateway Conference. A conference of secular AA members from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond…

Episode 80: That’s What Friends Are For

Episode 80: That’s What Friends Are For

Episode 80: That’s What Friends Are For

That’s What Friends Are For, by Kenneth Sean Campbell is a novel set in San Francisco during the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s. It’s a book that…

Episode 79: Daily Reprieve AA for Atheists & Agnostics, by Alex M.

Episode 79: Daily Reprieve AA for Atheists & Agnostics, by Alex M.

Episode 79: Daily Reprieve AA for Atheists & Agnostics, by Alex M.

In this podcast, Alex M. discusses his new book, Daily Reprieve: AA for Atheists and Agnostics, a secular daily meditations book based on quotes taken from the first 164 pages…

Episode 78: We Agnostics Kansas City at the Paseo Group’s Alcathon

Episode 78: We Agnostics Kansas City at the Paseo Group’s Alcathon

Episode 78: We Agnostics Kansas City at the Paseo Group’s Alcathon

For the past 37 years, Kansas City’s Paseo group hosts an alcathon during the Christmas Holiday. Groups from around the city fill one-hour slots for ’round the clock…

Episode 77: International Conference of Secular AA

Episode 77: International Conference of Secular AA

Episode 77: International Conference of Secular AA

Carol M., the Host Chair for the International Conference of Secular AA is my guest for this week’s podcast. Our conversation included such topics as the history of the…

Episode 76: AA Ends Lawsuit Over Big Book Manuscript

Episode 76: AA Ends Lawsuit Over Big Book Manuscript

Episode 76: AA Ends Lawsuit Over Big Book Manuscript

This podcast was recorded before AA World Services dropped its lawsuit to gain possession of the original 1939 working draft manuscript” of the Big Book.  On November 27, 2017, Gregory…

Episode 75: Addictus: A Nonbeliever’s Path to Recovery

Episode 75: Addictus: A Nonbeliever’s Path to Recovery

Episode 75: Addictus: A Nonbeliever’s Path to Recovery

This podcast features an interview with Derreck Bennett, author of Addictus: A Nonbeliever’s Path to Recovery. In this newly published book, Derreck provides an honest account of his transformation…

Episode 74: Justin M. from Quad-A Canberra

Episode 74: Justin M. from Quad-A Canberra

Episode 74: Justin M. from Quad-A Canberra

In this episode, we meet Justin M. from Canberra, Australia. Justin helped start Quad-A Canberra, a secular meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Justin went to his first AA meeting while…

Episode 73: The Proactive Twelve Steps for Mindful Recovery

Episode 73: The Proactive Twelve Steps for Mindful Recovery

Episode 73: The Proactive Twelve Steps for Mindful Recovery

In this episode of AA Beyond Belief the Podcast, I spoke with Serge Prengel, author of The Proactive Twelve Steps for Mindful Recovery. Serge is a therapist and life coach…

Episode 72: Dr. Nicole Labor and the Science of Addiction

Episode 72: Dr. Nicole Labor and the Science of Addiction

Episode 72: Dr. Nicole Labor and the Science of Addiction

Dr. Nicole Labor practices addiction medicine at Summa Healthcare in Akron, Ohio. This is the old St. Thomas Hospital where Sister Ignatia opened the first alcoholic ward in the United…

Episode 71: Drunks: An American History

Episode 71: Drunks: An American History

Episode 71: Drunks: An American History

This week’s podcast features an interview with Christopher M. Finan, author of Drunks: An American History. The book provides a fascinating history of alcoholism and its treatment from the…

Episode 70: Refuge Recovery

Episode 70: Refuge Recovery

Episode 70: Refuge Recovery

In this week’s episode, I speak with Dave Owens from Refuge Recovery in Kansas City, Missouri. Dave is an atheist who wasn’t comfortable with most of the AA…

Episode 69: Petrina S.

Episode 69: Petrina S.

Episode 69: Petrina S.

In today’s episode, we meet Petrina S., who helped found the Curl Curl Secular ID meeting located about 18 kilometers from the central business district in Sydney, New South…

Episode 68: Jennifer C.

Episode 68: Jennifer C.

Episode 68: Jennifer C.

Jennifer grew up in an alcoholic home and had all the characteristics of an alcoholic before she even had her first drink. An Alateen at 13 and a member of…

Episode 67: Smashed

Episode 67: Smashed

Episode 67: Smashed

In this episode, Benn and I discuss the 2012 film Smashed, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate, a young woman coming to terms with her addiction to alcohol. Kate recognizes…

Episode 66: Paul A.

Episode 66: Paul A.

Episode 66: Paul A.

Paul started drinking excessively while in his teens and lost control early on. He tried various ways to get his life and drinking under control, but nothing worked. He was…

Episode 65: Garth R. and the We Agnostics Group in South Africa

Episode 65: Garth R. and the We Agnostics Group in South Africa

Episode 65: Garth R. and the We Agnostics Group in South Africa

In today’s episode of AA Beyond Belief the Podcast, we meet Garth R., a co-founder of the We Agnostics Group in Johannesburg, South Africa. The group started up…

Episode 64: We Agnostics and Freethinkers at the 2017 Florida State AA Convention

Episode 64: We Agnostics and Freethinkers at the 2017 Florida State AA Convention

Episode 64: We Agnostics and Freethinkers at the 2017 Florida State AA Convention

Glenn G. a co-founder of the Beaches Agnostics AA group in Jacksonville, Florida hosted a workshop at the Florida State AA convention held in Jacksonville from July 27-30…

Episode 63: Don M. Seeking (the definition of) Spirituality

Episode 63: Don M. Seeking (the definition of) Spirituality

Episode 63: Don M. Seeking (the definition of) Spirituality

In this episode of AA Beyond Belief The Podcast, we speak with Don M. from The Broader Path Group in Odessa, Ontario. Don shares a little of his story, his…

Episode 62: Carmen X.

Episode 62: Carmen X.

Episode 62: Carmen X.

I met Carmen at my home group, and have always enjoyed her thoughtful comments, intelligence, and her honest, open, and warm personality. This podcast features a portion of her story…

Episode 61: PJ and Sydney’s Brookvale Quad A Group

Episode 61: PJ and Sydney’s Brookvale Quad A Group

Episode 61: PJ and Sydney’s Brookvale Quad A Group

PJ started drinking as a teenager in his native Ireland, and to this day, he can remember the effect of that first drink he had at a pub in Dublin…

Episode 60: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

Episode 60: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

Episode 60: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

This week’s podcast features a conversation with Jack V., one of the organizers of the Secular Ontario AA Round up or SOAAR. The event will take place on September…

Episode 59: Thanks for Sharing

Episode 59: Thanks for Sharing

Episode 59: Thanks for Sharing

In this week’s podcast, Benn and I have a conversation inspired by the movie, Thanks for Sharing; a film that describes 12 Step culture through the experiences and relationships…

Episode 58: The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation by Steve K.

Episode 58: The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation by Steve K.

Episode 58: The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation by Steve K.

This week’s podcast features an interview with Steve K. who discusses his book The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation by Steve K. Inspired by Stoic philosophy…

Episode 57: Alcohol Explained

Episode 57: Alcohol Explained

Episode 57: Alcohol Explained

This episode of AA Beyond Belief the Podcast features an interview with William Porter, author of Alcohol Explained. William lives in London, England with his wife and two young children…

Episode 54: The Five Keys: 12 Step Recovery Without A God, by Archer Voxx

Episode 54: The Five Keys: 12 Step Recovery Without A God, by Archer Voxx

Episode 54: The Five Keys: 12 Step Recovery Without A God, by Archer Voxx

Our podcast this week is an interesting interview I conducted with Archer Voxx, author of the book The Five Keys – Twelve Step Recovery Without A God. This short book is…

Episode 53: Secular AA

Episode 53: Secular AA

Episode 53: Secular AA

In this week’s episode of AA Beyond Belief the Podcast, I speak with Courtney S., the webmaster for Secular AA, a new service organization created by the Board of…

Episode 52: Dale K. Studying the Big Book from a Secular Perspective

Episode 52: Dale K. Studying the Big Book from a Secular Perspective

Episode 52: Dale K. Studying the Big Book from a Secular Perspective

Hello. My name is Dale, and I’m an alcoholic. Also, I’m what many call an atheist. That label is for you. I don’t find a personal label…

Episode 51: Kayleigh P. and Freethinkers of Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

Episode 51: Kayleigh P. and Freethinkers of Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

Episode 51: Kayleigh P. and Freethinkers of Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

Kayleigh P.’s drinking crept up on her seemingly out of nowhere. It was a problem long before she knew it was a problem. This is her story. As a…

Episode 50: Benn B.

Episode 50: Benn B.

Episode 50: Benn B.

Telling one’s story can be daunting. While sharing at meetings, I have felt pressure to make my life sound completely awful so there could be a wonderful chance to…

Episode 49: John S. from We Agnostics Kansas City

Episode 49: John S. from We Agnostics Kansas City

Episode 49: John S. from We Agnostics Kansas City

In recording this podcast, I was interviewed by my co-host, Benn B. and thanks to his excellent interviewing skills; I shared my story in perhaps more detail than ever…

Episode 48: Larry K. and the Settlement with Toronto Intergroup

Episode 48: Larry K. and the Settlement with Toronto Intergroup

Episode 48: Larry K. and the Settlement with Toronto Intergroup

When I first heard the story of the Toronto Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous removing the agnostic groups from the Greater Toronto Area meeting directory and preventing them from having a…

Episode 47: Step 12 with Benn and John

Episode 47: Step 12 with Benn and John

Episode 47: Step 12 with Benn and John

It’s been a while since I’ve recorded a podcast and it’s been way too long since I’ve had a chat with Benn. Life got in the…

Episode 46: Len’s Story

Episode 46: Len’s Story

Episode 46: Len’s Story

In this episode, I speak with Len R., from Jasper, Georgia. I first became acquainted with Len shortly before the International Secular AA Convention that was held in Austin last…

Episode 45: Step 11 with Benn and John

Episode 45: Step 11 with Benn and John

Episode 45: Step 11 with Benn and John

Alcoholics Anonymous isn’t a program, it’s a fellowship. As stated in the AA preamble, its a “fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope…

Episode 44: Love and Service

Episode 44: Love and Service

Episode 44: Love and Service

For the second year in a row, I had the opportunity to speak at the Paseo Group’s annual holiday Alkathon, which is a time during the Holiday’s when…

Episode 43: Joe C. Talks AA Service

Episode 43: Joe C. Talks AA Service

Episode 43: Joe C. Talks AA Service

This week, we speak with Joe C., author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life, a co-founder of Canada’s first agnostic AA group, Beyond Belief, and…

Episode 42: Willow

Episode 42: Willow

Episode 42: Willow

Willow F. got sober just before her 16th birthday, and on December 26, 2016, she will celebrate 28 years of sobriety. Her story confirms what AA experience over the past…

Episode 41: Bob K. on AA’s Past, Present and Future

Episode 41: Bob K. on AA’s Past, Present and Future

Episode 41: Bob K. on AA’s Past, Present and Future

When they suggested he pray, Bob K. responded, “what else you got?” He wasn’t buying the God business and he wasn’t shy about letting anyone know; and though…

Episode 40: Richard H. from We Agnostics Calgary

Episode 40: Richard H. from We Agnostics Calgary

Episode 40: Richard H. from We Agnostics Calgary

This week’s podcast features Richard H. from the We Agnostics group in Calgary. By the time that Richard made it to his first AA meeting, he was ready, he…

Episode 39: Reflections on WAAFT IAAC

Episode 39: Reflections on WAAFT IAAC

Episode 39: Reflections on WAAFT IAAC

This podcast episode was recorded shortly after returning from the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that was held in Austin, Texas from November 11-13th. Included in…

Episode 38: Yvonne H. Mainely Agnostic

Episode 38: Yvonne H. Mainely Agnostic

Episode 38: Yvonne H. Mainely Agnostic

In today’s podcast we meet Yvonne H. from the Mainely Agnostics Group in Portland, Maine. The group celebrated its first anniversary in June of this year, which pleased Yvonne…

Episode 37: Step 10 with Benn and John

Episode 37: Step 10 with Benn and John

Episode 37: Step 10 with Benn and John

It was nice to catch up with Benn and talk about Step Ten, the first of the three maintenance steps. This step calls for us to continue to take personal…

Episode 36: Jeb B., Freethinkers in AA Denver and the Process of Recovery

Episode 36: Jeb B., Freethinkers in AA Denver and the Process of Recovery

Episode 36: Jeb B., Freethinkers in AA Denver and the Process of Recovery

Jeb B. is a founding member of the Freethinkers in AA Group in Denver, Colorado. The group meets Monday nights from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm, and Saturday…

Episode 35: Coffee with Cope

Episode 35: Coffee with Cope

Episode 35: Coffee with Cope

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure to start my day with a cup of coffee and a chat with an AA friend, Cope C. from the Many Paths group…

Episode 34: Ed W. Talking WAAFT

Episode 34: Ed W. Talking WAAFT

Episode 34: Ed W. Talking WAAFT

Ed grew up in New York in a typical New York family with the typical New York dysfunction. As a teenager, he somehow avoided the rite of passage of getting…

Episode 33: Steps 8 and 9 with Benn and John

Episode 33: Steps 8 and 9 with Benn and John

Episode 33: Steps 8 and 9 with Benn and John

There were exactly three occasions when I saw my father cry; the night he learned that his grandmother died, the night his wife (my mother) died, and the day I…

Episode 32: Mark C: Recovery, Holy Wars and Doubling Down on Honesty and Tolerance

Episode 32: Mark C: Recovery, Holy Wars and Doubling Down on Honesty and Tolerance

Episode 32: Mark C: Recovery, Holy Wars and Doubling Down on Honesty and Tolerance

Last week we published Mark C.’s story in which he described from his own experience, the insidious progression of alcoholism and the challenge he faced as an atheist in…

Episode 31: On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

Episode 31: On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

Episode 31: On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

Pat N. will be a keynote speaker at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that will be held in Austin, Texas from November 11th through the 13th…

Episode 30: AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

Episode 30: AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

Episode 30: AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

Chris grew up the son of an Anglican priest in a city in Saskatchewan originally founded as a temperance colony. When he started drinking as a teenager, there were a…

Episode 29: Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

Episode 29: Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

Episode 29: Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

I met Erica in March of 2015 when she came to a meeting at my home group, We Agnostics. Her confidence was shaken, her sobriety was fragile, and she was…

Episode 28: Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Episode 28: Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Episode 28: Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Roger C. from the We Agnostics group in Hamilton, Ontario gave a talk in Kansas City, Missouri on August 6, 2016 to commemorate the anniversaries of two secular AA groups…

Episode 27: Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

Episode 27: Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

Episode 27: Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

A few days ago, Benn and I recorded this podcast on Steps Six and Seven. We never know where these conversations will lead, and we are often surprised at the…

Episode 26: John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

Episode 26: John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

Episode 26: John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

John C. grew up in Amarillo, Texas where he says, “God was good, and if you’re going to be good, you’re going to follow God, and the people…

Episode 25: Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

Episode 25: Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

Episode 25: Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

This November at WAAFT IAAC, Jerry F. from Gilbert, Arizona will give a presentation about ongoing changes that have been made to the Big Book, and how he was able…

Episode 24: Not Alone Anymore

Episode 24: Not Alone Anymore

Episode 24: Not Alone Anymore

June of 1989 was my original sobriety date. I was what is described in our literature as a classic “two-stepper.” You could have never convinced me I would ever…

Episode 23: Step Five and Sponsorship

Episode 23: Step Five and Sponsorship

Episode 23: Step Five and Sponsorship

I was transformed by the Twelve Steps, but there wasn’t anything supernatural or magical about it. The change I experienced was the result of what I learned from the…

Episode 22: Pam W. and the Story of WAAFT IAAC

Episode 22: Pam W. and the Story of WAAFT IAAC

Episode 22: Pam W. and the Story of WAAFT IAAC

In November of 2014, we agnostics, atheists and freethinkers followed AA’s broad highway to Santa Monica, California, and Alcoholics Anonymous has not been the same since. It was there…

Episode 21: Roger C. and AA Agnostica

Episode 21: Roger C. and AA Agnostica

Episode 21: Roger C. and AA Agnostica

After Roger’s first year in AA, he learned that his home group “Beyond Belief”, had been disenfranchised by the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup. Without warning, their group’s web…

Episode 20: Vic L. and Secular AA

Episode 20: Vic L. and Secular AA

Episode 20: Vic L. and Secular AA

My name is Vic L. and I am definitely an alcoholic. I first went to AA on February 11, 1979 when I was 35 years old. I do not distinguish…

Episode 19: Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Episode 19: Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Episode 19: Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Over the years, I’ve frequently heard in meetings that there’s a reason the steps were written in order. The implication being, that to do them correctly, one must…

Episode 18: Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Episode 18: Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Episode 18: Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Mike started drinking early in life, and by the age of 18 he had already been to jail and treatment. He loved alcohol and he drank for the effect, but…

Episode 17: We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Episode 17: We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Episode 17: We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

It was very nice to sit down and visit Dianne P., who is the Chair of the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that will be taking place…

Episode 16: Spiritual John

Episode 16: Spiritual John

Episode 16: Spiritual John

When John H. attended his first A.A. meeting in 1957, he was the youngest person in the room, and the speaker that night was a man in a suit…

Episode 15: Step Three with Benn and John

Episode 15: Step Three with Benn and John

Episode 15: Step Three with Benn and John

At first glance, this step may seem impossible for a nonbeliever. God and the capital “H” in “Him”, make it pretty clear that we will be dealing with the supernatural…

Episode 14: A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

Episode 14: A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

Episode 14: A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

In this episode John L., the author of A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous joins Kevin P and myself for a conversation about John’s early experiences in A.A., and…

Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

In this episode of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we explore the first two steps in AA’s program of recovery. Benn B. from Lincoln, Nebraska joins us for an…

Episode 12: Four Elements

Episode 12: Four Elements

Episode 12: Four Elements

Jerry V adapts the “Four Elements of Wretched Old Age” from the Opera L’incoronazione di Popea to his own recovery. The Four Elements of Drunkeness and the Four Elements…

Episode 11: Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

Episode 11: Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

Episode 11: Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

This podcast was produced by Joe C from Rebellion Dogs Radio and we are honored to republish it here on this site. In this episode of Rebellion Dogs Radio, Joe…

Episode 10: Roger C. – A History of Secularism in AA

Episode 10: Roger C. – A History of Secularism in AA

Episode 10: Roger C. – A History of Secularism in AA

This speech delivered by Roger C. at the Widening the Gateway AA Conference earlier this month will go down as a classic. I believe this will be referenced and talked…

Episode 9: Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Episode 9: Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Episode 9: Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Steve Bergier, a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator in Orange County, California was kind enough to not only submit a story to AA Beyond Belief, but also to spend his Sunday…

Episode 8: A Talk with Holly

Episode 8: A Talk with Holly

Episode 8: A Talk with Holly

Perhaps our greatest asset for helping others is our past, our stories of recovery, and in this episode Holly D. from Orlando, Florida shares her story with us. Like many…

Episode 7: Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

Episode 7: Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

Episode 7: Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

In this episode we meet Westin W. from Indianapolis, who shares his experience, strength and hope as an atheist in Alcoholics Anonymous. As his drinking and life became increasingly unmanageable…

Episode 6: Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Episode 6: Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Episode 6: Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Jon Stewart from Brighton, England was kind enough to join me for a conversation which I found immensely interesting, and I hope you do as well. Unlike guests from past…

Episode 5: A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

Episode 5: A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

Episode 5: A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

What a pleasure it was to spend a Sunday morning speaking with Mikey J. from Orlando, Florida. Mikey is a founding member of Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks (OMAGOD…

Episode 4: A Conversation with Thomas B.

Episode 4: A Conversation with Thomas B.

Episode 4: A Conversation with Thomas B.

In Episode Four of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we will speak with Thomas B. from Seaside Oregon. We’ll talk about his experience getting sober in New York during…

Episode 3: Myth of the Angry Atheist

Episode 3: Myth of the Angry Atheist

Episode 3: Myth of the Angry Atheist

In episode three, I interview John H. from the We Agnostics AA Group in Washington DC. We talk about his story, the beginnings of the DC We Agnostics Group, his…

Episode 2: A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

Episode 2: A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

Episode 2: A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

Many years ago, maybe twenty or more, I would occasionally attend a speaker meeting on Friday nights and at those meetings I would see Kevin P. I never got to…

Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

On this week’s podcast, we speak with Jerry F. from Phoenix, Arizona about the upcoming regional conference for agnostic, atheist and freethinking AA members in Arizona. The conference to…

Science and Addiction Treatment

Alcoholism: The Brain and The Beast

Alcoholism: The Brain and The Beast

The human body is a wondrous thing. When a foreign substance, such as alcohol, a toxic chemical, is ingested in large amounts over a considerable period of time, the body…

Doctor, Doctor! Interacting with Health Care Providers

Doctor, Doctor! Interacting with Health Care Providers

I vaguely recall noticing, in my first foggy reading of the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book” while in rehab, that my profession seemed to be curiously over-represented. There are, in…

Alcoholism and Depression

Alcoholism and Depression

The first time I became clinically depressed I was in graduate school and it happened overnight. I had been drinking for several days. I went to bed on a crisp…

These Are Only Suggestions

These Are Only Suggestions

I like AA – especially the fellowship. In most locales, it’s the only show in town and the price is right. When I was a kid, my family went to…

AA History

Selling AA – Early Publicity

Selling AA – Early Publicity

Dreams of alcoholic hospitals, a book, and paid missionaries were perhaps, simultaneously grand and grandiose. These schemes would require money…

My Name is Bill by Susan Cheever – Book Review

My Name is Bill by Susan Cheever – Book Review

After AA found its sea-legs in the early 1940s Wilson morphed into its inspirational and organizational CEO. He was…

AA’s Declaration of Independence

AA’s Declaration of Independence

God was very much on their minds as Bob Smith and Bill Wilson began their pursuit of drunks in the…

Secular AA Comes of Age

Secular AA Comes of Age

Pam W. and Dorothy H. met at the We Agnostics meeting in Hollywood, California, where it’s common to see…