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.

Resentment, Rage and Recovery

Resentment, Rage and Recovery

AA orthodoxy depicts an especially dire portrayal of the negative consequences of resentment and rage for those of us addicted to alcohol, and who seek recovery through AA. Bill Wilson, AA’s co-founder primarily responsible for the AA canon of beliefs about alcoholism and recovery, doesn’t mince words…

Beyond Spirituality

Beyond Spirituality

I used to be a very spiritual guy. Even before sobriety, I rejected the angry anti-theism of my east coast liberal wanna-be intellectual parents. I pursued my inner hippie through embrace of the counter-cultural spiritualist lifestyle, eating copious amounts of psilocybin, LSD and peyote with my Native…

Trauma, Stress and Alcoholism

Trauma, Stress and Alcoholism

My early days in recovery were spent trying to fit in as best I could. Because the first men I met at the meetings were totally into the Big Book of AA, I in turn was totally into it. That includes my wonderful, faulted, evangelical first sponsor, Rob. From the…

Platitudes in AA

Platitudes in AA

We are more than pleased that the first article published at AA Beyond Belief is written by our friend Roger C., of Hamilton, Ontario and founder of the site AA Agnostica. We think you will enjoy and relate to Roger’s article about the platitudes commonly heard in AA meetings…

Our Vision for AA Beyond Belief

Our Vision for AA Beyond Belief

Today as we launch this new site and begin our journey together, it is entirely appropriate I think to take a moment to look back and reflect upon those who paved the way, who charted the map that brought us this far. There was of course Bill W. and Doctor…