AA’s Sister Ignatia

AA’s Sister Ignatia

St Thomas Hospital… (was) where the resourceful Sister Mary Ignatia, a nun who seems to have stepped out of The Bells of St. Mary, abetted the surreptitious admission of alcoholics for treatment. (Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, Matthew Raphael, P. 2-3…

In All Our Affairs

In All Our Affairs

If you’ve ever found yourself in an exasperating political argument with a fellow AA member during the “meeting after the meeting” or on Facebook, you can appreciate the need for Tradition Ten, the AA Tradition that enjoins us to avoid outside issues. However, agreeing on a definitive understanding of…

Under the Influence and Ending the Drug Addiction Pandemic by Dr. James Milam

Under the Influence and Ending the Drug Addiction Pandemic by Dr. James Milam

Dr. James R. Milam has almost singlehandedly revolutionized alcoholism treatment. He is creator and champion of the “biogenic model”, which holds that alcoholism is a physical addiction to the drug, ethyl alcohol…

The Sinclair Method

The Sinclair Method

One of the things we AAs read from the Big Book as if it were an ever-lasting truth, though it was written in 1939: “Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day…

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS UNIVERSAL EDITION, By Archer Voxx

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS UNIVERSAL EDITION, By Archer Voxx

The resistance of free-thinking newcomers to the religious language of the literature is one of the principal concerns facing the secularist in AA, in pursuing the goal of helping others. Some authors, notably Gabriel Segal (Twelve Steps To Psychological Good Health)*, and Adam N. (Common Sense Recovery)*, for example…

The Myth of the Angry Atheist

The Myth of the Angry Atheist

Most myths and stereotypes have a least some basis in reality and it is clear, even to the casual observer, that some portion of self-identified atheists (including this one) exhibit what can be misidentified, on the surface, as an aggressive, superior attitude…

What to Say at Regular AA Meetings

What to Say at Regular AA Meetings

A little over a year ago, a group of atheist AAs from San Antonio got together with the help of AA Agnostica to form a new group – Mostly Agnostics AA of San Antonio. It has been, by my standards, very successful. We meet twice a week and have somewhere between…

No God

No God

What if there is no God? This question has come back to haunt me periodically throughout my sobriety. What if my sobriety depends on belief in and access to a power greater than myself, and there is no God? Some say I can use a doorknob, or a lamppost, for…

AA Spiritual and Religious

AA Spiritual and Religious

It is quite often stated by AA members that the fellowship is “spiritual not religious.” I do not think that this statement is entirely accurate and would suggest that in a broad sense it can be validly described as both. It can certainly be related to in this way by…

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…