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.

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…

How to Talk to an Atheist or Agnostic

How to Talk to an Atheist or Agnostic

The primary purpose of AA is to help the alcoholic who still suffers. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Yet for alcoholics who are nonbelievers, some AA groups are less than welcoming…

Evolving Out of Faith

Evolving Out of Faith

In Alcoholics Anonymous we are asked to share in a very general way, “What it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now.” I grew up in a single parent alcoholic household. My father was a good man, who did the best he could to raise me with…

Addiction and Yoga

Addiction and Yoga

My wife and I did our first date at a yoga class. It was a great idea I guess because we eventually got married. Doing a class five minutes after we met was a wonderful way to meet. We did not have to rely on each others, “verbal interface.” We…

To Thine Own Self Be True

To Thine Own Self Be True

This is my favorite slogan in AA. It barely gets mentioned in the meetings I attend, but it’s on every coin I receive for another milestone of sobriety of AA. It’s a quote by William Shakespeare from “Hamlet.” I find this quote beautiful and a very accurate description…

A Journey from Traditional to Secular AA

A Journey from Traditional to Secular AA

In the early 1970s, I was married, living in Michigan, and pregnant. I had a secret, I was gay. I couldn’t sleep because I didn’t know what to do. My obstetrician prescribed one to two drinks before bedtime. So this began my process of using alcohol to cope…