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Eight Principles of AA

Eight Principles of AA

The 12 steps have helped many people in AA. They seem to work particularly well for people that need, or want to be told what to do, and for people of a religious inclination. Others in AA find them less helpful and rely instead on the fellowship. Either way, there could have been 10, or 14, or 8 steps, and…

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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…

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…

News and Opinion

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

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…

Secular AA Speakers

WACYPAA XXII Secular AA Members Panel

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 from January 3-6, 2019. The recording was provided courtesy…

Secular AA Panel at Manitoba’s Keystone Conference

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 held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2018 marked 74 years of Alcoholics…

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…

Addiction Science and Treatment

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…

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…

AA History

AA Incorporated

AA Incorporated

The year 1937 dawned with much promise for two fallen bigshots, Bill Wilson and Hank Parkhurst. Bill was 25 months…

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…

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…

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…