JHG

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The author writes here under the pen name JHG as a tip of the hat to the principle of anonymity, not out of a need to hide his identity. In real life, he is open about being a recovering alcoholic and an atheist.

You can read more about him at the Clergy Project and about a book he is working at the site Recovering Humanity. He and his spouse are cofounding members of The Mostly Agnostics AA Group in San Antonio, Texas.

The Tao of H. O. W.

The Tao of H. O. W.

Hunting for a solution to the addiction problem often exemplifies the comical but frustrating human tendency known to psychologists as the streetlight effect. The streetlight effect gets its name from a joke about a drunk vainly looking for his car keys under a streetlight because that was where the light was. The take-home point of the streetlight effect is…

In All Our Affairs

In All Our Affairs

If you’ve ever found yourself in an exasperating political argument with a fellow AA member during the “meeting after the meeting” or on Facebook, you can appreciate the need for Tradition Ten, the AA Tradition that enjoins us to avoid outside issues. However, agreeing on a definitive understanding of just what constitutes an outside issue is not so simple…