Nothing is more powerful than our personal stories. Here you will find the experience, strength and hope shared by the agnostic, atheist and freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Sharing – Reality Based Alchemy

Sharing – Reality Based Alchemy

Just taking the first free breath at a recovery meeting can be liberating. A second breath, at a Secular Recovery meeting, often involves an exhalation of words and phrases where both thought and expression is freed from any intimations of the divine and the implied restrictions, often encountered elsewhere, of…

My Recovery Journey – By A Twelve Step Agnostic

My Recovery Journey – By A Twelve Step Agnostic

As a child, I had the common experience of growing up in a home with an alcoholic parent.  My step-father was a daily drinker who was incapable of forming a loving relationship with me or my younger brother. When my stepfather had been drinking he seemed to resent us…

Meetings

Meetings

My earliest experiences in recovery started the same way that most of these journeys begin, at a meeting.

Going down a short flight of stairs into a very large church basement with smoke thickened air (it was, after all, early 1987 when there were still smoke-filled rooms) and seeing…

The Secular Alcoholic and The Moment of Decision

The Secular Alcoholic and The Moment of Decision

In Secular Recovery it can become possible, while never completely losing sight of it, to relegate our primary purpose to a secondary position while debating the future of the organization…

Peeling the Onion

Peeling the Onion

Consider the onion as a metaphor, how does it apply to alcohol and addiction? Onions, like people come in all sizes and colors. An onion is usually round – a circle denoting wholeness but must be peeled to find the gold inside…

The Wording was, of course, Quite Optional

The Wording was, of course, Quite Optional

When I first started drinking, the party was on. I had found the magic elixir, the one thing that made everyone, including me, more interesting and more attractive. It was my first and longest love affair and well, we all know how the story ends. The proverbial doors were closing…

Sobrio sin Dios

Sobrio sin Dios

Como un miembro de AA no creyente, es decir, uno que no tiene un Dios en su vida, estoy agradecido de estar continuamente sobrio durante veintiséis años, desde que llegué a AA, a la edad de cincuenta y tres años…

A Vegan in a Steakhouse

A Vegan in a Steakhouse

I started drinking again in 2016 and by March of 2019 I could no longer pretend that I had the slightest bit of control over it. The situation had to be addressed…

My Old Big Book

My Old Big Book

It’s the day after my 31st sobriety anniversary, and feeling somewhat sentimental, I pull my old Big Book down from the shelf where it’s remained unread for years. It’s a third edition, paperback, dark blue with the words “Alcoholics Anonymous” discretely embedded in the cover…

Brookvale and Burwood

Brookvale and Burwood

How can anyone describe what AA means to them, what their sobriety has done for them? Can the answer be found in literature whether it be theistic, atheistic or scientific? Or perhaps the answer can be found online. If anyone asks me this question, the best response I can give…

Learning-to-Fit-Into-Myself

Learning-to-Fit-Into-Myself

I’ve been in recovery since December 15, 2014. I haven’t been sober the entire time, but do mention I’ve been in recovery since then and this seems to upset many hardcore, old school members of various programs…

Why Did I Drink; Does it Matter?

Why Did I Drink; Does it Matter?

I do not know why I drank; I do not know why I drank to excess. Drinking changed my relationships, threatened my livelihood and just made me look stupid. I did not always think so…

Elisabeth H.

Elisabeth H.

A Secular Sobriety, authored by Dale K. is an invaluable tool for anyone who may be interested in a secular interpretation of the 164 pages of AA’s Big Book. Dale takes the reader through the first 164 pages, but rewritten as a secular version of the book. The book…

My Liver is Fine: An Excerpt from “The Beginning of the End”

My Liver is Fine: An Excerpt from “The Beginning of the End”

To put it bluntly, I’ve been slowly dying over the past few years. It’s hard to determine exactly when I started dying, but the cold hard facts of my life changed about three years ago. It was Father’s Day, a particularly difficult day for me because I…

AA’s Big Tent Covers A Lot Of Ground

AA’s Big Tent Covers A Lot Of Ground

Alcoholics Anonymous is a big tent. Despite the emphasis on God and a Higher Power, there´s room inside for atheists and agnostics, as witness the three meetings listed in the Intergroup schedule. It´s a stretch, if one looks closely at what the Big Book says. Even the chapter…

Tomas L.

Tomas L.

I drank my first beer when I was 16. We had a swimming pool and a sauna that we could use after PT in high school. One day, some of my classmates had brought beer. It was an amazing experience. That buzz after two or three beers was peculiar and…

Alli O.

Alli O.

A Secular Sobriety, authored by Dale K. is an invaluable tool for anyone who may be interested in a secular interpretation of the 164 pages of AA’s Big Book. Dale takes the reader through the first 164 pages, but rewritten as a secular version of the book. The book…

My Experience, Strength, and Hope with AA

My Experience, Strength, and Hope with AA

I first attended AA meetings in New York City in 2004. I was 26 years old and my life had become unbearable. I had just moved back from a year in Glasgow with high hopes for a fresh start at home. (Glasgow hadn’t been the fresh start I had…

You Are No Longer Alone?

You Are No Longer Alone?

I can’t even count the number of times where I’d been surrounded by people and felt as alone as if I was the only person on Earth.  This was common when I was a young boy, but it haunted me throughout my teenage years and certainly through adulthood…

Joy!

Joy!

A Secular Sobriety, authored by Dale K. is an invaluable tool for anyone who may be interested in a secular interpretation of the 164 pages of AA’s Big Book. Dale takes the reader through the first 164 pages, but rewritten as a secular version of the book. The book…