Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

These podcasts are a great deal of fun and I am fortunate to have such an opportunity to speak with so many people in the program, and to benefit from the wide variety of  experience that exists among us. In this episode, I had an engaging conversation with Benn B. from Lincoln, Nebraska about the first two steps in our program of recovery. We examined these two steps from a secular perspective, drawing upon our own personal experience. We find that the steps are simple and complex at the same time.

It obvious when speaking with Benn, that he knew his stuff. He has a good understanding of the Steps as presented in AA literature, and he has great insight into the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. This was helpful in exploring the similarities and differences in a secular view of the AA program as opposed to the traditional view as presented in our literature.

I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much I did participating in it.


About Benn B.

Benn has been active in AA for over 8 years attending both traditional and Agnostic/Atheist/Freethinker meetings. He has past experience in the recovery field working as an addictions counselor for approximately three years. His interests include film, golf, Nebraska Cornhusker athletics, and San Antonio Spurs basketball. On the day after recording this podcast, Benn and his his wife Kelly welcomed a new little baby girl into the world, and Benn is now a happy and proud father.

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Rajiv B

Oh, I just found this link: https://www.createspace.com/pub/community/give.review.do?id=1126070 where I have shared about my understanding of Step One and Step Two, and on how there is no need for us to believe in God in order to take the Steps.

Rajiv B

Thanks John, that was a great discussion on the first steps. And your absolutely right when you say that the Conference Approved Literature is the real problem. I’ve made a detailed study of all our Literature, and I think I’ll make a podcast on it soon and share it with you explaining what I have discovered about the Steps and the literature.

Thanks again Benn and John for opening up this discussion on the Steps.

Jon S
Jon S

Fantastic podcast. Well done Benn & John. JS

Becky G.
Becky G.

Oh my GOD 😉 I am heading into my 10th year of sobriety and I have been STRUGGLING with so many issues that you both spoke about!  Thank you for your podcast because listening to this has been SUCH a tremendous relief to my mind!!!  Thank you for discussing Step 2 in the 12×12.  I am in a study group and studying some of the EXACT same lines you men talked about and I have been really having a hard time accepting what he is saying because it has not been my experience! I love that you talked about antidepressants!… Read more »

Benn B
Benn B

Wow! Thanks so much for the awesome feedback. If what we can talk about openly and honestly … just speaking our hearts and minds … can help just one person it’s worth it! It made me feel really great to read your message! I believe John S’s plan is to continue to go through the steps. It’s just great being able to feel free to have my own opinion on this whole deal … the way it was meant to be. Too often when I speak with others in AA, to question anything is akin to being unwilling. If someone… Read more »

Christopher G
Christopher G

What a great tool to share with a newcomer interested in steps one and two. Thank you guys.

John S

I appreciate the kind feedback. These podcasts are quite an interesting experience and it’s really gratifying to hear when they are helping people.

Benn B
Benn B

Thanks Christopher! Very happy you enjoyed it!