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The Multiple Pathways to Addiction and Recovery

The Multiple Pathways to Addiction and Recovery

As someone who’s in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug dependency I’ve often reflected upon the various causal factors associated with addiction and what these suggest in terms of successful recovery. There seems to be many diverse opinions, often polarising voices, in relation to the causes, nature…

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

A couple of days ago it was two years since I had my big surgery. I had cancer, and they took two thirds of my liver out. When the doctor came in I asked him: “Could you please do the surgery exactly the way they did it in 1939…

Chatting with Believers and Traditionalists in AA

Chatting with Believers and Traditionalists in AA

My conversations with people about “the God thing” in AA are usually kicked off by my non-recitation of the Lord’s Prayer after meetings. I try to be obvious about it. I don’t discretely bow my head to examine the flooring tiles, but instead look around the room…

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

It has probably happened to most of us during the times when we hadn’t put our lives back together yet, or back in our drinking days, that we’d be nursing an old vehicle along and there would be days we’d say, “Dear god, please let it start…

A Non-religious First Three Steps

A Non-religious First Three Steps

By John B.   Step One: Admitted that we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Step One combines simplicity with unadorned honesty. To begin the recovery journey all I had to do was make a decision; to admit something. I had to accept the undeniable fact that…

My Simple and Secular AA Program

My Simple and Secular AA Program

A few years ago, after concluding that I’m an atheist, I started to think about my experience in Alcoholics Anonymous and how I would approach the program going forward. Line by line, I went through the Big Book with a black magic marker, redacting all references to a god…

The Cross Addicted Mind

The Cross Addicted Mind

My Name is Deirdre and I am a Cross-Addicted Alcoholic. I am a member of Alcoholics Anonymous because I had a desire to stop drinking and because I say I am…

Doomed to Repeat: 65 Years Later, AA Still Hostile to Nonconforming Fellows

Doomed to Repeat: 65 Years Later, AA Still Hostile to Nonconforming Fellows

When talking with somebody about the inclusivity in AA have you ever thought of bringing Bill W. into the conversation…

Pat N. at the 2016 International Secular AA Convention

Pat N. at the 2016 International Secular AA Convention

Pat N. was a keynote speaker at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that was held in Austin, Texas from November 11th through the 13th of 2016. This is the audio recording and written transcript of his talk…

Pam W. at the We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Pam W. at the We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Pam W. a co-founder of the first international secular AA convention, then known as the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention was a keynote speaker at the second international secular AA convention which was then known as the We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers International AA Convention…