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Emotional Sobriety

Emotional Sobriety

Emotional sobriety is a term thrown around recovery circles.  It implies that we have more to recover from than just the physically addictive properties of alcohol. When I first got sober, I thought that it was the physically addictive properties of alcohol that kept me sick…

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Episode 191: A New Era for AA?

Episode 191: A New Era for AA?

Episode 191: A New Era for AA?

Has COVID brought in a new era for Alcoholics Anonymous, or is it our responsibility to help bring one about? As meetings moved from church basements to Zoom, we are…

Episode 190: Decisions

Episode 190: Decisions

Episode 190: Decisions

In this episode, Angela and John have a discussion about making decisions and how they learned to make better decisions in recovery. Angela talked about how attending meetings and working…

Episode 189: Sober Gratitudes with Sarah Elizabeth

Episode 189: Sober Gratitudes with Sarah Elizabeth

Episode 189: Sober Gratitudes with Sarah Elizabeth

Our guest for this episode is Sarah Elizabeth from the Sober Gratitudes podcast. Now, I’ll tell you, this isn’t a typical episode for AA Beyond Belief, because Sarah…

Episode 188: Something Light and Easy

Episode 188: Something Light and Easy

Episode 188: Something Light and Easy

Angela and I have a free-flowing conversation covering a variety of topics ranging from our memories and thoughts about or first AA meeting to whether AA Word Services should…

Episode 187: Friendships in Sobriety

Episode 187: Friendships in Sobriety

Episode 187: Friendships in Sobriety

Angela and I talk about friendships and how they were impacted by our drinking and what we learned from our friends in sobriety. When I got sober, I didn’t…

Episode 186: Our Question and Answer Episode

Episode 186: Our Question and Answer Episode

Episode 186: Our Question and Answer Episode

Angela and I take questions from callers and the live chat on Facebook and YouTube, and then we ask each other a few questions. There is an interesting discussion about…

Episode 185: Talking About We Agnostics with Dale K.

Episode 185: Talking About We Agnostics with Dale K.

Episode 185: Talking About We Agnostics with Dale K.

Angela and I have a conversation with Dale K. about the ” We Agnostics” chapter in Big Book. Dale wrote a secular version of the first 164 pages in the Big…

Episode 184: Relationships in Sobriety

Episode 184: Relationships in Sobriety

Episode 184: Relationships in Sobriety

In this episode, Angela and I are joined by Bri, a friend from my homegroup, to discuss relationships. We take a look at the issues we faced with relationships while…

Episode 183: A Brief History of Secular AA

Episode 183: A Brief History of Secular AA

Episode 183: A Brief History of Secular AA

In this episode, Joe C. from Rebellion Dogs Radio joins Angela and John for a brief overview of the history of secular AA groups. This episode was recorded live on…

Episode 182: Music in Recovery

Episode 182: Music in Recovery

Episode 182: Music in Recovery

This episode was recorded from a live stream originally posted on July 3, 2020, on YouTube and Facebook. Angela and I talk about the role that music played in our…

Episode 181: Mark K.’s Many Paths to Sobriety

Episode 181: Mark K.’s Many Paths to Sobriety

Episode 181: Mark K.’s Many Paths to Sobriety

Mark K. knows he needs more than AA to stay sober. Before attending his first AA meeting, he was receiving professional help from a therapist who he continues to see…

Episode 180: About those Steps – A Conversation with John C.

Episode 180: About those Steps – A Conversation with John C.

Episode 180: About those Steps – A Conversation with John C.

This episode features a conversation about the 12 Steps with John C. from Berkeley, California. We talk about how there is often exaggerated importance placed on them. The Steps, which…

Episode 179: David S.

Episode 179: David S.

Episode 179: David S.

In this episode, I speak with David S., a stand-up comedian in the Kanas City area who has been sober for thirty-seven years at the time of this…

Episode 178: Tradition Three – The Only Requirement

Episode 178: Tradition Three – The Only Requirement

Episode 178: Tradition Three – The Only Requirement

In this episode Angela and I talk about Tradition Three: The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.”  We review the history of the tradition taken…

Episode 177: Atheists in Recovery

Episode 177: Atheists in Recovery

Episode 177: Atheists in Recovery

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Adina Slvestri from Life Cycles Counseling in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Silvestri is a licensed family therapist who specializes in treating women with substance…

Episode 176: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Episode 176: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Episode 176: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

In this episode, I’m joined by my friend Sam S. from my home group in Kansas City to discuss the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr…

Episode 175: Outside Issues? Let’s Talk About It.

Episode 175: Outside Issues? Let’s Talk About It.

Episode 175: Outside Issues? Let’s Talk About It.

This episode was recorded from our weekly Friday night live stream on YouTube. Every week, Angela and I cover a topic we think may be of interest to secular people…

Episode 174: Sharing Our Stories

Episode 174: Sharing Our Stories

Episode 174: Sharing Our Stories

IIn this episode Angela and I discuss our experiences speaking at AA meetings and offer tips and suggestions that you may find helpful when speaking at other groups. We talk…

Episode 173: Adoptees and Addiction

Episode 173: Adoptees and Addiction

Episode 173: Adoptees and Addiction

This episode features a conversation with two people in recovery who were adopted as children. Lisa K., a Korean adoptee describes her struggle with identification as an Asian person growing…

Episode 172: Doctors in Recovery

Episode 172: Doctors in Recovery

Episode 172: Doctors in Recovery

Rich S., a physician from Portland, Oregon shares his experience as a healthcare professional in recovery from alcoholism, and he helps us understand the special challenges facing healthcare workers as…

Episode 171: Carmen X. at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

Episode 171: Carmen X. at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

Episode 171: Carmen X. at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

This episode is a recording from a talk given by Carmen X. in Kansas City, Missouri in February 2019. Carmen begins by noting that she believes she was born with…

Episode 170: Acceptance

Episode 170: Acceptance

Episode 170: Acceptance

Is acceptance the answer to all our problems, or is it only a starting point, or maybe it’s where we end up after going through a process? That’s…

Episode 169: The Human Glitch

Episode 169: The Human Glitch

Episode 169: The Human Glitch

This episode features a conversation with Gary Chattaway, a recovery advocate from London, England whose work can be found on his website thehumanglitch.com, and his YouTube Channel. Gary is…

Episode 168: Teachers in Recovery

Episode 168: Teachers in Recovery

Episode 168: Teachers in Recovery

In this episode Angela and John talk with Sam S., who teaches History and Social Studies at a high school in a rural area of Kansas. After sharing her recovery…

Episode 167: Chad H.

Episode 167: Chad H.

Episode 167: Chad H.

Although alcoholism runs through his family history, Chad’s growing up years seemed normal to him. He felt loved and secure in his home environment. Looking back if there was…

Episode 166: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Addiction

Episode 166: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Addiction

Episode 166: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Addiction

Inspired by an article published by Aces Too High News on May 2, 2017, this episode features a discussion about the role that adverse childhood experiences plays in the development…

Episode 165: Power of the Pause – Mindfulness in Recovery

Episode 165: Power of the Pause – Mindfulness in Recovery

Episode 165: Power of the Pause – Mindfulness in Recovery

In this episode Angela and John speak with Jackie S. about the power of pausing and meditation to bring mindfulness to our recover and how we can benefit from that…

Episode 164: Bobby C.

Episode 164: Bobby C.

Episode 164: Bobby C.

In this episode, Benn and John meet Bobby C. from Huntington Beach, California. Bobby has been sober since February 27, 1984 and participates in both AA as well as SMART…

Episode 163: Doug P.

Episode 163: Doug P.

Episode 163: Doug P.

Doug P. has been sober for over 25 years. He left AA approximately eight years ago because he was bored with all the god bit, but returned upon finding a…

Episode 162: What is Emotional Sobriety?

Episode 162: What is Emotional Sobriety?

Episode 162: What is Emotional Sobriety?

In this episode, Angela and John talk about emotional sobriety while taking calls from listeners, and responding to comments in the YouTube chatroom. The term emotional sobriety originated from a…

Episode 161: AA History with Bob K

Episode 161: AA History with Bob K

Episode 161: AA History with Bob K

This episode features a conversation with Bob K., author of Key Players in AA History. The conversation includes a discussion of AA co-founder Bill W., the first women in…

Episode 160: Take What you Want and Leave the Rest

Episode 160: Take What you Want and Leave the Rest

Episode 160: Take What you Want and Leave the Rest

Angela and John talk about platitudes, slogans, and common sayings heard in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Are they useful? If so, which ones? Are any of them harmful or…

Episode 159: I Get By With A Little Help from My Friends

Episode 159: I Get By With A Little Help from My Friends

Episode 159: I Get By With A Little Help from My Friends

Every Friday night at 7:00 PM Central, Angela and John live stream on the AA Beyond Belief YouTube Channel. You can participate by commenting in the live chat or…

Episode 158: Emotional Balance

Episode 158: Emotional Balance

Episode 158: Emotional Balance

In this episode Angela, Benn, and John talk about emotional balance in the context of Step 10. This was recorded from our weekly Friday night live stream on YouTube. Bobby…

Episode 157: Sober Distancing

Episode 157: Sober Distancing

Episode 157: Sober Distancing

This episode features a discussion about how the Covid 19 pandemic is affecting AA groups, and AA members. We talk about online meetings and other means of finding support when…

Episode 156: Deprogramming from Traditional AA

Episode 156: Deprogramming from Traditional AA

Episode 156: Deprogramming from Traditional AA

John H. from the We Agnostics Group in Washington DC makes another appearance on the podcast to talk about deprogramming from AA. The word “deprogramming” may seem strong, but for…

Episode 155: Jamison M. and the No Pews Required Group

Episode 155: Jamison M. and the No Pews Required Group

Episode 155: Jamison M. and the No Pews Required Group

Angela B. provides an ICSAA update and talks about the One Big Tent Secular AA Conference to be held in Langley, British Columbia on May 16, 2020. Jamison M. joined…

Episode 154: Jeremy P. | What Makes an Alcoholic?

Episode 154: Jeremy P. | What Makes an Alcoholic?

Episode 154: Jeremy P. | What Makes an Alcoholic?

As storm Ciara tore its path across the United Kingdom, somewhere in London, Jeremy P. hunkered down and spoke with me for this podcast. A few weeks prior to recording…

Episode 153: Recovery Advocacy

Episode 153: Recovery Advocacy

Episode 153: Recovery Advocacy

In this episode, I spoke with Erik Haines , a public health advocate in Canada who has studied and written about how changing attitudes regarding addiction and recovery are impacting public…

Episode 152: Jaren C.

Episode 152: Jaren C.

Episode 152: Jaren C.

Jaren recently completed an ultra marathon, a 100 mile trek, and while running his thoughts took him back to when he was twenty-five years old and  went to his…

Episode 151: Tom S.

Episode 151: Tom S.

Episode 151: Tom S.

Tom S. was the featured speaker on January 5, 2019. Originally from Alabama, Tom shared his story of addiction and recovery. After he spoke, an interesting discussion ensued on the…

Episode 150: Step 12

Episode 150: Step 12

Episode 150: Step 12

Angela and I concluded our series on the Twelve Steps by live streaming this episode on YouTube and taking calls. Glenn G. from Jacksonville called in and talked about his…

Episode 149: PJ from Sydney

Episode 149: PJ from Sydney

Episode 149: PJ from Sydney

PJ, originally from Ireland, migrated to Sydney in in 1989 and got sober in 1993. Having come from an Irish tradition of oral storytelling he naturally gravitated towards the wonderful…

Episode 148: Lisa K.

Episode 148: Lisa K.

Episode 148: Lisa K.

Lisa K. spoke at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting on December 8, 2018. Lisa shares her experience as an adoptee and how it impacted her alcoholism and recovery…

Episode 147: Step 11 with Angela and John

Episode 147: Step 11 with Angela and John

Episode 147: Step 11 with Angela and John

Angela and I had a nice conversation about Step 11, which in its traditional wording seems difficult for a secular person to even be interested in pursuing. However, for me…

Episode 146: Starting a Secular AA Meeting Live Stream

Episode 146: Starting a Secular AA Meeting Live Stream

Episode 146: Starting a Secular AA Meeting Live Stream

John talks about starting a secular AA meeting from his own experience as well as what he has learned from others. After defining what makes an AA meeting “secular”, he…

Episode 145: Joe K. from The Only Requirement Group

Episode 145: Joe K. from The Only Requirement Group

Episode 145: Joe K. from The Only Requirement Group

In this episode Joe K. from The Only Requirement Group in Chatham, New Jersey shares his story of recovery as an atheist in Alcoholics Anonymous, and his experience with helping…

Episode 144: Bill H.

Episode 144: Bill H.

Episode 144: Bill H.

Bill H. has been sober in Alcoholics Anonymous for 52 years and he was our featured speaker on December 1, 2018. Bill talks about his early days getting sober in…

Episode 143: Step 10 with Angela and John

Episode 143: Step 10 with Angela and John

Episode 143: Step 10 with Angela and John

Angela and John discuss Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. A step that many see as an effort to continue keeping…

Episode 142: Emotional Sobriety, the Next Frontier

Episode 142: Emotional Sobriety, the Next Frontier

Episode 142: Emotional Sobriety, the Next Frontier

Archer Voxx,  author of The Five Keys: 12 Step Recovery Without A God, and Alcoholics Anonymous Universal Edition spoke on the topic of emotional sobriety at the 2018 International Conference…

Episode 141: Toward a Secular Recovery

Episode 141: Toward a Secular Recovery

Episode 141: Toward a Secular Recovery

In this episode, John H. from the DC We Agnostics Group talks about his secular recovery as described in a series of articles that he authored and posted at atheisticaa…

Episode 140: AA Beyond Belief Live Call In Show. We’ll do it live!

Episode 140: AA Beyond Belief Live Call In Show. We’ll do it live!

Episode 140: AA Beyond Belief Live Call In Show. We’ll do it live!

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 7:00 pm Central Time, the AA Beyond Belief Podcast will be posted as a live stream on our YouTube Channel, our public Facebook…

Episode 139: Steps 8 and 9

Episode 139: Steps 8 and 9

Episode 139: Steps 8 and 9

In this episode, Angela and John take a look at the amends steps, 8 and 9. John talks about his experience with direct and indirect amends, and explains why in…

Episode 138: Christmas at the Paseo Group

Episode 138: Christmas at the Paseo Group

Episode 138: Christmas at the Paseo Group

A few days before Christmas, I spoke at the Paseo Group’s Alkathon in Kansas City, Missouri. I wasn’t terribly prepared for my talk, but I arrived about half…

Episode 137: Secular Al-Anon Boise

Episode 137: Secular Al-Anon Boise

Episode 137: Secular Al-Anon Boise

In this episode, you will meet Kim L., who helped start a secular Al-Anon meeting in Boise, Idaho. While Kim isn’t entirely uncomfortable at traditional Al-Anon meetings…

Episode 136: Are the 12 Steps Relevant?

Episode 136: Are the 12 Steps Relevant?

Episode 136: Are the 12 Steps Relevant?

Are the Twelve Steps really relevant in the 21st Century, and is there any point for an atheist or agnostic to work out secular interpretations? Maybe it’s better to…

Episode 135: Steps Six and Seven with Angela and John

Episode 135: Steps Six and Seven with Angela and John

Episode 135: Steps Six and Seven with Angela and John

Angela is back to discuss the steps from a more secular point of view, and in this episode, we take a look at steps six and seven, which in their…

Episode 134: Wes B.

Episode 134: Wes B.

Episode 134: Wes B.

This episode features a talk by Wes B., who attends meetings at the Freethinkers and We Agnostics groups in Kansas City, Missouri. Addiction to drugs and alcohol brought Wes close…

Episode 133: A Conversation with Barbara G.

Episode 133: A Conversation with Barbara G.

Episode 133: A Conversation with Barbara G.

Barbara G. had her last drink in Munich, Germany in 1983, and the god bit gave her trouble from her first AA meeting. However, she quickly learned to interpret the…

Episode 132: International Conference of Secular AA-An Update

Episode 132: International Conference of Secular AA-An Update

Episode 132: International Conference of Secular AA-An Update

In this episode, Gregg O. Chair of the Host Committee for the International Conference of Secular AA provides an update on the conference to be held from October 30 – November…

Episode 131: Step Five with Angela and John

Episode 131: Step Five with Angela and John

Episode 131: Step Five with Angela and John

In this episode, Angela and I continue our discussion of the 12 steps. Today, focusing on step five, which involves sharing our story with another person. We cover a lot…

Episode 130: Dancing on a Piece of Wood

Episode 130: Dancing on a Piece of Wood

Episode 130: Dancing on a Piece of Wood

This episode features a conversation with Douglas S. from my home group, We Agnostics Kansas City. Douglas has been skateboarding his entire life and recommended a podcast to discuss the…

Episode 129: Dave E.

Episode 129: Dave E.

Episode 129: Dave E.

In this episode you will meet Dave E. from Toronto, Ontario. Our conversation begins with Dave sharing his personal story of recovery, the difficulty he had with interpreting the god…

Episode 128: Twelve Secular Steps

Episode 128: Twelve Secular Steps

Episode 128: Twelve Secular Steps

This episode features a talk by Bill W., author of Twelve Secular Steps: An Addiction Recovery Guide. Bill’s book is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in…

Episode 127: Benn B. at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

Episode 127: Benn B. at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

Episode 127: Benn B. at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

This episode features a talk by Benn B. from Omaha, Nebraska who visited Kansas City last summer to speak at the KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting. Benn covers a lot…

Episode 126: Step Four with Angela and John

Episode 126: Step Four with Angela and John

Episode 126: Step Four with Angela and John

In this episode Angela and John discuss Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. We will continue discussing this step as we go into Step Five…

Episode 125: The Arizona Secular AA Conference

Episode 125: The Arizona Secular AA Conference

Episode 125: The Arizona Secular AA Conference

In this episode, Gary S. from Sun City West Arizona provides information about the third biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference, which will be held on November 9th at the 24th…

Episode 124: Step Three

Episode 124: Step Three

Episode 124: Step Three

Step Three, in its original form reads as “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” The words…

Episode 123: Joe C. at the KC Secular AA Anniversary Celebration

Episode 123: Joe C. at the KC Secular AA Anniversary Celebration

Episode 123: Joe C. at the KC Secular AA Anniversary Celebration

This episode features a recording Joe C. speaking in Kansas City, Missouri at the anniversary celebration for the We Agnostics and Freethinkers groups. Joe is from Toronto’s Beyond Belief…

Episode 122: Step Two

Episode 122: Step Two

Episode 122: Step Two

Angela and John respond to listener email and then have a conversation about Step Two. In its original form, Step Two reads, “came to believe that a Power greater than…

Episode 121: SOAAR 2019 Panel “The Practical 12 Steps”

Episode 121: SOAAR 2019 Panel “The Practical 12 Steps”

Episode 121: SOAAR 2019 Panel “The Practical 12 Steps”

This episode features a panel discussion about the twelve steps that was conducted by Jeffrey Munn, author of Staying Sober Without God, and myself. It was nice to meet Jeffrey…

Episode 120: When a Man Loves a Woman

Episode 120: When a Man Loves a Woman

Episode 120: When a Man Loves a Woman

This episode features a discussion of the 1994 film, When a Man Loves a Woman. The film starring Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia does an amazing job in depicting the…

Episode 119: The First Step

Episode 119: The First Step

Episode 119: The First Step

In this episode, Angela B. and John S. discuss the first step in the recovery process, which for many of us is whatever happened that helped us escape the grip…

Episode 118: Wally K.

Episode 118: Wally K.

Episode 118: Wally K.

This episode features Wally K from the Atheists, Agnostics, and All Others group in Boise, Idaho. Wally has been sober for 47 years, and he’s here today to share…

Bonus Episode: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

Bonus Episode: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

Bonus Episode: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

On September 7, 2019, the Secular Ontario AA Roundup will be held at the First Unitarian Church at 170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, Ontario. Registration and information can be found…

Episode 117: Taking Steps

Episode 117: Taking Steps

Episode 117: Taking Steps

This is the first in a series of episodes dedicated to understanding and working the Twelve Steps as an atheist, agnostic, freethinker, or anyone interested in a secular approach to…

Episode 116: The Sober She Devils

Episode 116: The Sober She Devils

Episode 116: The Sober She Devils

If you would like to attend a secular AA meeting, but don’t have one in your community, there are now several online meetings listed on the Secular AA website…

Episode 115: Sugar Addiction

Episode 115: Sugar Addiction

Episode 115: Sugar Addiction

Today’s episode features a conversation with Mike Collins, founder of sugaraddiction.com and Chair of the Food Addiction Institute, an organization that is making headway informing the public about…

Episode 114: Who We Really Are – A Determined Atheist’s View

Episode 114: Who We Really Are – A Determined Atheist’s View

Episode 114: Who We Really Are – A Determined Atheist’s View

This episode features a conversation with John H. from the We Agnostics Group in Washington, DC. John, who describes himself as a “determined atheist” is of the opinion that the…

Episode 113: An AA Beyond Belief Update

Episode 113: An AA Beyond Belief Update

Episode 113: An AA Beyond Belief Update

In this episode, I talk about my experience at AA Beyond Belief, both the podcast and website. I discuss the challenges and rewards that come from doing this work, and…

Episode 112: Staying Sober Without God

Episode 112: Staying Sober Without God

Episode 112: Staying Sober Without God

Staying Sober Without God: The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism & Addictions, by Jeffrey Munn is a welcomed addition to the growing library of secular recovery literature…

Episode 111: We Agnostics North Bay

Episode 111: We Agnostics North Bay

Episode 111: We Agnostics North Bay

This episode features a conversation with Lena R. from the We Agnostics Group in North Bay, Ontario. Lena discusses her experience of working with her District to approve a request…

Episode 110: Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser Toronto Edition

Episode 110: Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser Toronto Edition

Episode 110: Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser Toronto Edition

The opioid epidemic is a crisis, it’s an emergency, and thousands of people are dying. In fact, more people have died from the opioid epidemic than the AIDS epidemic…

Episode 109: Simon P.

Episode 109: Simon P.

Episode 109: Simon P.

For this episode, I spoke with my friend Simon P., who I met a few years ago at the We Agnostics group in Kansas City. Simon has recently started a…

Episode 108: Angela B. Sharing Her Recovery as an Atheist in AA

Episode 108: Angela B. Sharing Her Recovery as an Atheist in AA

Episode 108: Angela B. Sharing Her Recovery as an Atheist in AA

Today’s episode features a recording of a talk given by Angela B. from the Atheists, Agnostics, and All Others Group in Boise, Idaho. Speaking at the Saturday Night Live…

Episode 107: Esprit Ouvert

Episode 107: Esprit Ouvert

Episode 107: Esprit Ouvert

“Esprit Ouvert” translates from French to English as “Open-mindedness”, and it’s the name of a new secular AA group that meets in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec every…

Episode 106: John S. at the Paseo Group’s Alkathon

Episode 106: John S. at the Paseo Group’s Alkathon

Episode 106: John S. at the Paseo Group’s Alkathon

In this episode, I share my experience, strength, and hope at an Alkathon hosted by the Paseo AA Group in Kansas City, Missouri. I talk  about what got me into…

Episode 105: An Atheist Makes Sense of the 12 Steps

Episode 105: An Atheist Makes Sense of the 12 Steps

Episode 105: An Atheist Makes Sense of the 12 Steps

This episode features a conversation with Steph R., an atheist in recovery who has found a way to make sense of the AA Big Book and to practice the 12…

Episode 104: Sober Speak with John M.

Episode 104: Sober Speak with John M.

Episode 104: Sober Speak with John M.

Today’s episode features a conversation with John M. from the Sober Speak podcast. John is coming up on 30 years of sobriety this year and has posted 52 episodes…

Episode 103: Voices in Recovery

Episode 103: Voices in Recovery

Episode 103: Voices in Recovery

Voices in Recovery is a new website created by Cindy from the Agnostics and Others group in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cindy’s idea is to feature recorded talks from people…

Episode 102: Freethinkers in AA Denver

Episode 102: Freethinkers in AA Denver

Episode 102: Freethinkers in AA Denver

In this episode, I will be speaking with Jeb B from the Freethinkers group in Denver, Colorado. Jeb was a guest on our podcast about a year and a half…

Episode 101: Twelve Secular Steps | An Addiction Recovery Guide

Episode 101: Twelve Secular Steps | An Addiction Recovery Guide

Episode 101: Twelve Secular Steps | An Addiction Recovery Guide

Today, I’ll be joined by my friend, Wes B, from my home group, We Agnostics, Kansas City, and we’ll be speaking with Bill W. No, not that Bill…

Episode 100: Max Brockmann

Episode 100: Max Brockmann

Episode 100: Max Brockmann

Today I’ll be speaking with comedian Max Brockmann based out of Eugene, Oregon. Max is a person in recovery, an atheist, and I think he’s pretty funny. I…

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…

News and Opinion

Cleveland Freethinkers Presents Higher Palooza III

Cleveland Freethinkers Presents Higher Palooza III

Cleveland Freethinkers Presents Higher Palooza III

Are you interested in applying the Twelve Steps to your recovery while maintaining your nontraditional belief about a higher power or the need for one? If so, then Higher Palooza…

Why Did Sam Harris Stop Making Sense?

Why Did Sam Harris Stop Making Sense?

Why Did Sam Harris Stop Making Sense?

When astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked why people who don’t know the answer to a question still claim they know the answer, he responded, “…It’s called ‘The…

Response to the London Islington Agnostic Atheist Freethinkers Group

Response to the London Islington Agnostic Atheist Freethinkers Group

Response to the London Islington Agnostic Atheist Freethinkers Group

John Huey responds to a letter from the London Islignton Agnostic, Atheist, Freethinkers group about “The God Word” pamphlet…

Emotional Sobriety Webinar – August 29, 2020

Emotional Sobriety Webinar – August 29, 2020

Emotional Sobriety Webinar – August 29, 2020

On Saturday, August 29, 2020, at noon PDT, The Freethinkers Living Sober Group of Verde Valley, Arizona, will present a Zoom webinar focusing on Bill W.’s well-known letter…

The “God” Word Delusion

The “God” Word Delusion

The “God” Word Delusion

Delusion can come in many forms. It can be based on the mostly harmless false hope and wishful thinking of a child-like desire to prove that somethings not true…

New Website for Secular AA | ICSAA

New Website for Secular AA | ICSAA

New Website for Secular AA | ICSAA

On July 12, 2020, the Board of Directors for Secular AA | ICSAA announced a new website for the nonprofit organization that has been responsible for planning and hosting the biennial…

New Community Events Calendar

New Community Events Calendar

New Community Events Calendar

AA Beyond Belief has created a new community events calendar that allows you to enter your virtual secular AA event directly on our website…

Higher Palooza

Higher Palooza

Higher Palooza

Cleveland Freethinkers and Agnostics are presenting the first annual “Higher Palooza” on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM GMT, 10:00 am EST, and 7:00 am PST…

2020 International Convention A Virtual Experience Coming Soon – July 2020

2020 International Convention A Virtual Experience Coming Soon – July 2020

2020 International Convention A Virtual Experience Coming Soon – July 2020

The General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous published the following announcement on aa.org about plans to move the 2020 International AA Convention Online. Details will be made available at…

International Conference of Secular AA Rescheduled

International Conference of Secular AA Rescheduled

International Conference of Secular AA Rescheduled

The International Conference of Secular AA that was to take place in October of 2020 has been rescheduled to October 29-31, 2021…

Secular AA Newsletter February 2020

Secular AA Newsletter February 2020

Secular AA Newsletter February 2020

This is the newsletter for Secular AA Organization. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, visit the website secularaa.org…

Beyond The Big Book

Beyond The Big Book

Beyond The Big Book

Pat is one of the attendees at a Saturday morning meeting at the Fitchburg Serenity Club. That’s the Alcoholics Anonymous clubhouse at 6048 McKee Road, near the New Vision…

The Lord’s Prayer – Is There a Place for it in AA?

The Lord’s Prayer – Is There a Place for it in AA?

The Lord’s Prayer – Is There a Place for it in AA?

The chairperson asks that we close the meeting with the Lord’s Prayer. We stand, we hold hands and I do as I have done for years – I do not…

International AA Convention in 2020

International AA Convention in 2020

International AA Convention in 2020

What to do in 2020? Yes, living a day a time includes planning today, for the future. It’s not a loophole, it’s just how it goes…

Joe C. Interview with Canadian Atheist

Joe C. Interview with Canadian Atheist

Joe C. Interview with Canadian Atheist

This article was originally posted on December 1, 2019 at the Canadian Atheist website, and is reposted here with permission of the author, Scott Douglas Jacobson…

Audio Available from Arizona Secular AA Conference

Audio Available from Arizona Secular AA Conference

Audio Available from Arizona Secular AA Conference

The audio recordings from the Third Biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference are available for download at the azsecularaa.org, and the AA Beyond Belief YouTube Channel…

Survey: How Religious Influence in AA Affects Agnostics and Atheists

Survey: How Religious Influence in AA Affects Agnostics and Atheists

Survey: How Religious Influence in AA Affects Agnostics and Atheists

Please consider completing these survey questions for a research project that is being conducted by Tariq Martin from Wheaton College…

The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous Available for Download

The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous Available for Download

The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous Available for Download

Steve K., is making his book The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation free as a pdf download at AA Beyond Belief…

Join the AA Beyond Belief Private Facebook Group

Join the AA Beyond Belief Private Facebook Group

Join the AA Beyond Belief Private Facebook Group

It’s now easy to join our private Facebook Group. All you need to do is click here, and ask to join. We will receive your message and add you…

La Viña Publishes Stories by Agnostics and Atheists in AA

La Viña Publishes Stories by Agnostics and Atheists in AA

La Viña Publishes Stories by Agnostics and Atheists in AA

The September/October issue of La Viña is featuring three stories written by agnostic and atheist AA members: Sobrio sin Dios, by Bill M.,  Un nùcleo de amor…

SOAAR 2019 Was Enormously Successful

SOAAR 2019 Was Enormously Successful

SOAAR 2019 Was Enormously Successful

The second biennial Secular Ontario AA Roundup was held at the First Unitarian Church in Hamilton, Ontario on September 7, 2019. The committee who put the conference together did an…

Find a Friend and Start a Secular AA Meeting

Find a Friend and Start a Secular AA Meeting

Find a Friend and Start a Secular AA Meeting

Do you want to start a secularly formatted AA meeting, but need some help? Check out the Secular AA website secularaa.org…

The Third Biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference to be Held on November 9th

The Third Biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference to be Held on November 9th

The Third Biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference to be Held on November 9th

The Third Biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference will be held at the 24th Street Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona on November 9th, 2019. Information about the conference will be posted…

Survey: God or No God in AA?

Survey: God or No God in AA?

Survey: God or No God in AA?

If you are a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and are 18 years of age or older, I am inviting you to participate in a survey on religious and non…

Secular AA Website Servers Upgraded

Secular AA Website Servers Upgraded

Secular AA Website Servers Upgraded

The Secular AA website, secularaa.org is in the process of changing servers and updating software to improve functioning of the site…

Secular AA Groups Celebrate in Kansas City

Secular AA Groups Celebrate in Kansas City

Secular AA Groups Celebrate in Kansas City

On September 21, 2019, two Kansas City secular AA groups will celebrate their anniversaries. We Agnostics – Kansas City is celebrating five years, and Freethinkers in AA – Kansas city is celebrating…

A New Secular AA Meeting In Springfield, Illinois

A New Secular AA Meeting In Springfield, Illinois

A New Secular AA Meeting In Springfield, Illinois

We Agnostics Springfield held the first secular AA meeting in Springfield, Illinois on Sunday, July 14th. The group meets every Sunday at 10:30 am in the back studio of…

Keynote Speaker Announced for ICSAA 2020

Keynote Speaker Announced for ICSAA 2020

Keynote Speaker Announced for ICSAA 2020

The International Conference of Secular AA announced on their website secularaa.com that George F. Koob, Ph. D. is the keynote speaker for the secular AA conference to be held…

Podcasts and Books to Help You Learn More About Addiction

Podcasts and Books to Help You Learn More About Addiction

Podcasts and Books to Help You Learn More About Addiction

DK Solutions Group recently posted an article on their website on the subject of podcasts and books about addiction recovery. It was quite a compliment for the AA Beyond Belief…

Final Report on ICSAA 2018

Final Report on ICSAA 2018

Final Report on ICSAA 2018

This is the official accounting of the 2018 International Conference of Secular AA that was held in Toronto, Ontario from August 24 -26, 2018…

Update: Does ‘The God Word’ Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Update: Does ‘The God Word’ Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Update: Does ‘The God Word’ Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

All the way back in late October, we posted Does the “God Word” Pamphlet Need a Name Change? ,which addressed our concerns that the recently published pamphlet, “The God Word…

SOAAR: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

SOAAR: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

SOAAR: Secular Ontario AA Roundup

I am writing today about a very important event. It’s the Secular Ontario AA Roundup (SOAAR) that will be held on Saturday, September 7 at the First Unitarian Church…

That Nudge From the Judge

That Nudge From the Judge

That Nudge From the Judge

In 2007, Barry Ansten Hazle, then 39 years old, was sentenced to one year in prison for methamphetamine-related charges in Shasta County, California. The chronic meth addict served his…

The Right Way to Recover? Gaslighting and Psychological Manipulation

The Right Way to Recover? Gaslighting and Psychological Manipulation

The Right Way to Recover? Gaslighting and Psychological Manipulation

The term “gaslighting” comes from a 1938 play called “Gaslight,” and it’s a story about a wife and a husband who’s set out on making her think she…

Conference “Approved”

Conference “Approved”

Conference “Approved”

Many people think the conference approved literature is all we’re allowed to read in the meetings, and there is indeed an issue with that, since the AA publication smf…

John S. On The Sober Speak Podcast: AA Beyond Belief Atheism in Alcoholics Anonymous

John S. On The Sober Speak Podcast: AA Beyond Belief Atheism in Alcoholics Anonymous

John S. On The Sober Speak Podcast: AA Beyond Belief Atheism in Alcoholics Anonymous

It was a privilege and honor to appear on John M.’s wonderful podcast, Sober Speak. John is from the Dallas, Texas area and started his podcast out of a…

Spiritual? Religious? Go figure.

Spiritual? Religious? Go figure.

Spiritual? Religious? Go figure.

Making a decision to go to your first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is a major step. Whatever you’ve heard about it—whether you have a friend who goes, you’ve…

New Podcast: KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

New Podcast: KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

New Podcast: KC Secular AA Speaker Meeting

A new secular AA group recently started up in Kansas City, Missouri, and all of the meetings will be recorded and posted as a podcast. The meeting is located at…

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

A couple of days ago it was two years since I had my big surgery. I had cancer, and they took two thirds of my liver out. When the doctor…

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 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…

Book Reviews

One Big Hoax

One Big Hoax

One Big Hoax

This was quite an onerous task that took some time to complete and it is, given how bad a book this is, something I would not have taken on had…

The Dark Night of Recovery

The Dark Night of Recovery

The Dark Night of Recovery

The Dark Night of Recovery, by Edward Bear is a delightful tale of recovery from dependence on alcohol. Told in thirteen chapters, a prologue, and then each of AA’s…

We Are That We Are

We Are That We Are

We Are That We Are

We Are That We Are is a serious book, and like most serious books, effort is required to read it from beginning to end. In the case of this book…

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

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

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

The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation By Steve K, is more than just another secular interpretation of the Twelve Steps. In this work, Steve offers an intelligent…

Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction

Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction

Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction

Kevin Griffin’s Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction provides a path to what challenges many in recovery, ‘I’ve stopped drinking alcohol or using drugs, now what…

A Review of “Staying Sober Without God”

A Review of “Staying Sober Without God”

A Review of “Staying Sober Without God”

“Staying Sober Without God: The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism & Addictions” provides a practical approach to recovery that stresses not just the 12 steps, but also…

The Unexpected Joy Of Being Sober

The Unexpected Joy Of Being Sober

The Unexpected Joy Of Being Sober

Whether you are sober curious, newly sober, or in long-term recovery, Catherine Gray’s 2017 book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober is a great resource. Catherine understands alcohol…

My Name is Bill by Susan Cheever – Book Review

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 a brilliant speaker and writer. Many of his addresses and…

Under the Influence and Ending the Drug Addiction Pandemic by Dr. James Milam

Under the Influence and Ending the Drug Addiction Pandemic by Dr. James Milam

Under the Influence and Ending the Drug Addiction Pandemic by Dr. James Milam

Dr. James R. Milam has almost singlehandedly revolutionized alcoholism treatment. He is creator and champion of the “biogenic model”, which holds that alcoholism is a physical addiction to the drug…

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS UNIVERSAL EDITION, By Archer Voxx

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS UNIVERSAL EDITION, By Archer Voxx

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS UNIVERSAL EDITION, By Archer Voxx

The resistance of free-thinking newcomers to the religious language of the literature is one of the principal concerns facing the secularist in AA, in pursuing the goal of helping…

AA History

Sam Shoemaker

Sam Shoemaker

Sam Shoemaker

The basic principles which the Oxford Groupers had taught were ancient and universal ones, the common property of mankind… The early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgement of…

The “God Word” Delusion: A Response from the London Group

The “God Word” Delusion: A Response from the London Group

The “God Word” Delusion: A Response from the London Group

The London group who initiated the process of securing the first-ever Conference-approved leaflet for agnostics, atheists, and freethinkers in AA, responds to “The God Word Delusion…

Richmond Walker

Richmond Walker

Richmond Walker

The Twenty-Four Hours a Day book is pocket-sized, designed for both portability, and discretion. An editor’s note tells us only that, “This book was compiled by a…

Billy Sunday

Billy Sunday

Billy Sunday

I tell you the saloon is a coward. It hides itself behind stained-glass doors and opaque windows, and sneaks its customers in a blind door, and keeps a sentinel…

Brewery Bill, Campsie Mick, Roland, and Lois Wilson.

Brewery Bill, Campsie Mick, Roland, and Lois Wilson.

Brewery Bill, Campsie Mick, Roland, and Lois Wilson.

I met Brewery Bill in early sobriety and enjoyed his humour and A.A. storytelling. He got sober in 1971 when he was in his twenties, knew many of the…

AA Incorporated

AA Incorporated

AA Incorporated

The year 1937 dawned with much promise for two fallen bigshots, Bill Wilson and Hank Parkhurst. Bill was 25 months sober, and his abstinence from alcohol had been supplying some…

Our Perfectly Imperfect AA Founder

Our Perfectly Imperfect AA Founder

Our Perfectly Imperfect AA Founder

This spirituality–the spirituality of imperfection–is thousands of years old. And yet it is timeless, eternal, and ongoing, for it is concerned with what in the human being is…

New Thought and AA

New Thought and AA

New Thought and AA

The most obvious connecting link between Alcoholics Anonymous and the New Thought movement comes through William James who “had found answers to his own depression and doubts about his self…

Dr. Benjamin Rush

Dr. Benjamin Rush

Dr. Benjamin Rush

“Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was the first member of the (American) medical community to write about alcoholism and suggest it might be…

Rowland Hazard

Rowland Hazard

Rowland Hazard

A certain American businessman had ability, good sense, and high character. For years he had floundered from one sanitarium to another. He had consulted the best known American psychiatrists. Then…

Florence Rankin

Florence Rankin

Florence Rankin

Florence was the first woman to get sober in AA, even for a short time. She came to AA in New York, in March 1937. She had several slips, but…

Ebby Thacher – An Unhappy Life

Ebby Thacher – An Unhappy Life

Ebby Thacher – An Unhappy Life

Late November 1934 seemed to be the worst of times for Bill Wilson, an unemployed and completely discredited stockbroker living in Brooklyn, New York. He had fallen from a lofty…

A Big Book Compromise Opens AA to Unbelievers

A Big Book Compromise Opens AA to Unbelievers

A Big Book Compromise Opens AA to Unbelievers

In the spring of 1938, the future of the group started by Bill Wilson and Bob Smith three years earlier was very much in doubt.  There were only two meetings…

Selling AA – Early Publicity

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, and lots of it. “If a world-wide movement was…

My Name is Bill by Susan Cheever – Book Review

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 a brilliant speaker and writer. Many of his addresses and…

AA’s Declaration of Independence

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 summer of 1935. As soon as a man told them…

Secular AA Comes of Age

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 out-of-town visitors who frequently comment on how refreshing…

Not Just The Washingtonians Part II

Not Just The Washingtonians Part II

Not Just The Washingtonians Part II

Throughout pre-AA history, the unique power of one alcoholic helping another has been repeatedly demonstrated, as drunks have gathered together for mutual support in the effort to stay sober…

Living Sober (the book)

Living Sober (the book)

Living Sober (the book)

Living Sober is by far the best AA book — the only one I could recommend. I remember when it was published, back in 1975, when I had been sober for…

Floggings, Strychnine, Leeches, and Worse

Floggings, Strychnine, Leeches, and Worse

Floggings, Strychnine, Leeches, and Worse

New World immigrants brought over European alcoholic beverages, drinking customs, and social attitudes. Many early settlers assumed that people got drunk because they wanted to, not because they had to…

The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend (1944) may be the most famous movie ever made about alcoholism. It’s certainly one of the most important movies to deal with the subject because it…

A Tribute to AA Agnostica

A Tribute to AA Agnostica

A Tribute to AA Agnostica

Today closes one of the most exciting chapters in the recent history of the secular AA Fellowship, also known as We Agnostics, since the Santa Monica Convention in 2014, We…

Not Just The Washingtonians

Not Just The Washingtonians

Not Just The Washingtonians

There exists a mythology which has been perpetrated and perpetuated by those who take pleasure in perpetrating and perpetuating mythologies – Regarding the treatment of alcoholism, the pre-AA world was…

Henrietta Sieberling

Henrietta Sieberling

Henrietta Sieberling

Bill Wilson was having some panicky moments in the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel, in the early afternoon of the second Saturday of May, 1935. Much has been made of…

THE COMMON SENSE OF DRINKING | Richard R. Peabody (1931)

THE COMMON SENSE OF DRINKING | Richard R. Peabody (1931)

THE COMMON SENSE OF DRINKING | Richard R. Peabody (1931)

Alcoholics Anonymous was not the only therapy for alcoholics that flourished in its time. Other approaches to treating alcoholism, although they derived from sources very different from the influences that…

Willard Richardson and the Rockefeller People

Willard Richardson and the Rockefeller People

Willard Richardson and the Rockefeller People

As Bill Wilson progressed through his third year of sobriety, his personal finances remained a struggle. He was forced by the compelling arguments of the “group conscience” to decline a…

Paul Cox, AA, and the Law

Paul Cox, AA, and the Law

Paul Cox, AA, and the Law

On the night before New Year’s Eve, 1988, Paul Cox and two friends were at a keg party near Larchmont, New York. When the beer ran out, the three…

Remembering Ernie Kurtz

Remembering Ernie Kurtz

Remembering Ernie Kurtz

Catholics priests are not among those who one would expect to find heading a list of crusaders for the freethinker movement in Alcoholics Anonymous. Nonetheless Ernest Kurtz, ordained to the…

The Washingtonian Society

The Washingtonian Society

The Washingtonian Society

“Jack Alexander, Saturday Evening Post, was also one of the friends to whom Bill sent material. Of the Twelve Tradition essays, Alexander has this to say: ‘The only serious (in…

The Fraud That Is AA Fundamentalism

The Fraud That Is AA Fundamentalism

The Fraud That Is AA Fundamentalism

It may be that Alcoholics Anonymous has never been more polarized than it is in the mid-teens of the new millennium. A consolation is that there was another time…

AA’s Sister Ignatia

AA’s Sister Ignatia

AA’s Sister Ignatia

St Thomas Hospital… (was) where the resourceful Sister Mary Ignatia, a nun who seems to have stepped out of The Bells of St. Mary, abetted the surreptitious admission of alcoholics…

The LSD Experiments

The LSD Experiments

The LSD Experiments

How could Bill W., Grand Poobah of sobriety ever have allowed himself to join the Learyesque acidheads and “turn on, tune in, and drop out?” (Bill W. and Mr. Wilson…

Jerry McAuley – The Water Street Mission

Jerry McAuley – The Water Street Mission

Jerry McAuley – The Water Street Mission

Salvation from alcoholic dissipation through religious conversion is not unprecedented. The tale of Jerry McAuley is a classic one, as he was able to achieve sobriety via a spiritual experience…

Henry Parkhurst

Henry Parkhurst

Henry Parkhurst

Throughout the second half of 1938, the Honor Dealers’ little office was abuzz with activity. The hubbub involved neither the sale of auto polish, nor the organization of a buying…

Addiction Science and Treatment

How to Deal with Trauma as it’s On-going

How to Deal with Trauma as it’s On-going

It is official: we are all in collective trauma. There is really no point in being competitive about it, although, for economic reasons, many people are worse off than others…

Isolation, “I-Thou” and Addiction Recovery

Isolation, “I-Thou” and Addiction Recovery

Human beings have evolved with inherent needs for physical, psychological, emotional, social, and many would suggest, spiritual connection…

The Multiple Pathways to Addiction and Recovery

The Multiple Pathways to Addiction and Recovery

As someone who’s in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug dependency I’ve often reflected upon the various causal factors associated with addiction and what these suggest in…

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…

Secular AA Speakers

Bill from Paddington

Bill from Paddington

Bill from Paddington got sober in Sydney in 1955 and was a member of the Paddington A.A. group, hence…

WACYPAA XXII Secular AA Members Panel

WACYPAA XXII Secular AA Members Panel

This is a recording of a panel discussion conducted at the Western Area Conference of Young People in AA held…

Secular AA Panel at Manitoba’s Keystone Conference

Secular AA Panel at Manitoba’s Keystone Conference

Listen to Cathy, Colin, Glen and Doreen share their experience as secular members of AA at the 2018 Keystone Conference…

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…