The articles contained in this section involve a discussion of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

As Bill Also Sees It

As Bill Also Sees It

A few of Bill’s thoughts on inclusiveness and widening the gateway. All AA approved…

Parallels Between Under-served Populations in Alcoholics Anonymous and Secular AA Groups

Parallels Between Under-served Populations in Alcoholics Anonymous and Secular AA Groups

Based on a talk given at the 2018 International Conference of Secular A.A. in Toronto, Ontario by Jackie B. (San Francisco, CA…

AA Literature: Revise? Reject? Replace?

AA Literature: Revise? Reject? Replace?

What approach should we take to AA literature?  This depends on whether we freethinkers (my preferred word) should be content to make a safe place for ourselves in AA — or should try to reform AA — or should split from AA.  I personally feel we should stay in AA, claim our…

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…

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…

The “God” Word

The “God” Word

The 2018 General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous voted to adopt the British conference-approved pamphlet, “The ‘God’ Word: Agnostics and Atheists in AA” and once it is translated into Spanish and French, “La Palabra de ‘Dios’: agnósticos y ateos en Alcohólicos Anónimos” and “Le mot de…

One Agnostic’s Use of the Steps

One Agnostic’s Use of the Steps

Although I work with my share of agnostics and atheists, I use and adapt the original steps, introducing variations when needed. I suggest to step partners that they read about each step in the Big Book and 12 & 12. When we arrive at a step containing religious/spiritual content, I…

Atheists and Agnostics Panel At The Northeast Regional AA Service Assembly

Atheists and Agnostics Panel At The Northeast Regional AA Service Assembly

Transcript 00:00 Speaker 1: So, our panel for… Our timer for this panel. Yes, our panel for this timer… Our timer for this panel is Scott, sitting to my left. He will be timing all of the presenters and those at the microphones. Each presenter has 10…

Surrender, Vulnerability and Connection

Surrender, Vulnerability and Connection

…..at this moment we experience an acceptance that we lack control and that our life is unmanageable. Our ego surrenders its will through the pain and suffering of addiction. Our denial is broken and we experience a deep self-honesty and humility. We finally admit our human limitation and that…

Disputed Issues in AA and Recovery

Disputed Issues in AA and Recovery

AA’s Unity Declaration, which first appeared in 1970, extolls, well, unity. But it doesn’t insist on uniformity, and AA has rarely lacked its share of controversy. This makes the fellowship a lively, interesting, and occasionally irritating place to hang out…