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 Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety.” Admission is free, but because of limited capacity, you should register now. This unique event features a panel discussion that includes: Dr. Allen Berger, psychotherapist and author 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery; Marya Hornbacher, award-winning journalist and bestselling author of Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power; Joe C., author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life; and John R. co-founder of the Freethinkers Living Sober Group.
The first part of the discussion centers on the problem and will last for about an hour and fifteen minutes. Each panelist will give a presentation followed with a discussion among all panelists, and a brief question and answer period.
- Marya Hornbacher will present “Addiction to the Rush: The Cycle of Craving, Crisis, and Crash.”
- John R. will present “Spiritual Bypassing.”
- Joe C. will present “Emotional Inebriety.”
- Dr. Berger will present “A Brief Introduction and Definition of Emotional Sobriety.”
After a ten-minute break, the second portion of the webinar will discuss Bill W.’s 1958 letter, “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety,” written during a time when Bill was suffering from terrible depression. In this historic letter, Bill questioned why the 12 Steps didn’t help with his depression and concluded that he needed to become free of unhealthy emotional dependencies.
The event will be recorded and the audio will be available on the Freethinkers Living Sober website.
About Freethinkers Living Sober
The Freethinkers Living Sober AA group, located in Verde Valley, Arizona, is meeting online four days a week. The Monday, Wednesday, and Friday meetings are at noon PDT and can be accessed using Zoom Meeting ID: 145 363 545. The Tuesday meeting is at 5:30 pm PDT, and can be accessed using Zoom Meeting ID 937 694 101. Email the group to request the password. All of the meetings are secular and maintain a tradition of free expression where alcoholics may freely express their own experiences, beliefs, or feelings (including any doubts or disbeliefs they may have).