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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 to find out what you want from our site and how you think we can improve on what we do…

Christmas Break

Christmas Break

AA Beyond Belief wishes its subscribers a sober, fun and uncomplicated Holiday.  We will be on winter break for a few weeks. We will post a podcast on Christmas Day, and then resume podcasts and articles on January 14th…

Disputed Issues in AA and Recovery

Disputed Issues in AA and Recovery

AA’s Unity Declaration, which first appeared in 1970, extolls, well, unity. But it doesn’t insist on uniformity, and AA has rarely lacked its share of controversy. This makes the fellowship a lively, interesting, and occasionally irritating place to hang out…

A New Birth

A New Birth

My name is Kim and I am an alcoholic. I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a girlfriend, but first and foremost I am an alcoholic. Within these past few months I have   felt a strong desire to share my story — the before, the during, and the after…

Here is One of Many Solutions

Here is One of Many Solutions

Although a Brit, I got sober in Kyiv, Ukraine, in March, 2006. Fifteen years of abusing benzos, booze, marijuana – and, in my younger days, LSD – had left me with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, insomnia, and out-of-body experiences. Panicked, I decided to leave my wife, fly back to the UK…

What Can We Learn from Traditional AA?

What Can We Learn from Traditional AA?

By Don M. On September 16, 2017 Don M. addressed the Secular Ontario AA Roundup (S.O.A.A.R). The Roundup drew speakers from all over Ontario and North America including Texas and Las Vegas. Don’s subject was, “What Can We Learn from Traditional AA?” As background, in…

Recovery Is Possible

Recovery Is Possible

We had fun, we played pranks, we were young and carefree. Every once in a while, we would say, “Maybe we should take a break,” and we would. Then we’d start drinking again a month later, having proven ourselves able to control our drinking…

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 all of his writings for the Grapevine, the latter numbering more than 200 articles, can be read on www.Silkworth…

Random Notes on Images Collected in Recovery

Random Notes on Images Collected in Recovery

As my 34th year of being clean and sober comes to a close in a year of deep divisions, consternation, and chaos in the world, I’ve been trying to make sense of what I can do. The way I see it, my responsibility is to first acknowledge injustice such…

AA’s Declaration of Independence

AA’s Declaration of Independence

God was very much on their minds as Bob Smith and Bill Wilson began their pursuit of drunks in the summer of 1935. As soon as a man told them he wanted to stop drinking, they asked whether he believed in God. Clarence Snyder, an alcoholic from Cleveland, learned this…