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Episode 203: Secular Overeaters

Episode 203: Secular Overeaters

In this episode, we meet Jenne M. and Jim D, both secular members of Overeaters Anonymous. We talk about their struggles with food, the difficulty they encountered as atheists in OA, their experiences with starting secular OA groups, and their new website secularovereaters.org…

Episode 202: Colette

Episode 202: Colette

Colette’s date of sobriety is December 23, 2006, and on the date of this posting, she is celebrating fourteen years sober. In this episode, she shares her journey as a person in recovery from anorexia, depression, and alcoholism. Her’s is an inspiring story and she does a great job describing her early struggles as well as the joy…

Episode 201: Birds of a Feather

Episode 201: Birds of a Feather

Marty B. is a recovering alcoholic and a retired airline pilot. He got sober in AA and after his first year of sobriety, another pilot introduced him to Birds of a Feather, a worldwide network of AA meetings established for airline pilots and cockpit crewmembers. In this episode, Marty describes the unique needs of pilots in recovery and how Birds…

Episode 200: Twelve Steps for Agnostics

Episode 200: Twelve Steps for Agnostics

In this episode, we meet Andy F., an agnostic who got sober in AA and is now writing a book about his experience as an agnostic working the Twelve Steps…

Episode 199: Twenty-Five Years of Listening

Episode 199: Twenty-Five Years of Listening

Glenn S. is a recovering alcoholic, a Richard Dawkins atheist who helped found three humanist AA meetings in New York City, and an artist who for twenty-five years brought a sketchbook to meetings that he used to take notes and sketch the people around him. The sketchbook helped him listen during meetings and resulted in a wonderful book that…

Episode 198: Inside Addiction with Luke Worsfold

Episode 198: Inside Addiction with Luke Worsfold

Luke Worsfold is an entrepreneur who fell into addiction as he began to equate his self-worth with his net worth. Quickly, his addiction spun out of control and he lost everything. In this episode, Luke tells the story of his recovery and how his podcast Lisa Inside Addiction inspired him to become an addictions counselor…

Episode 197: Measuring Recovery Capital

Episode 197: Measuring Recovery Capital

In this episode, we meet David Whitesock, ¬†who shares his story of addiction and recovery, and how his journey eventually led him to develop the Recovery Capital Index, a useful tool for measuring recovery capital…

Episode 196: Secular  Al-Anon Boise: An Update

Episode 196: Secular Al-Anon Boise: An Update

About a year ago, we posted Episode 137 about a secular Al-Anon group that started meeting in Boise, Idaho. That episode featured a conversation with one of the group’s co-founders, Kim L., who talked about the challenges with starting the meeting. In this episode, the group’s other co-founder, Chia provided an update on how the…

Episode 195: Listening

Episode 195: Listening

Listening is perhaps the most valuable gift we can give to another person, and it is a great strength of AA. People don’t necessarily need to have others solve their problems, but from being heard people can learn to face and resolve their own challenges. This episode is all about the importance of listening when helping people we sponsor…

Episode 194: OMAGOD Online Secular AA Meeting

Episode 194: OMAGOD Online Secular AA Meeting

In this episode, I speak with Mikey J. from the Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks (OMAGOD) located in Orlando, Florida, and now meeting online every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 pm Eastern. Mikey takes us through the history of the group and what they learned about hosting online AA meetings…