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

What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny

What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny

This is a recording of Ray B.’s opening talk at the Widening the Gateway Secular AA Conference held in Tacoma, Washington on March 31, 2018 followed with a written transcript. Ray is a MD specializing in Addiction Medicine and a recovering alcoholic. [background conversation] 0:00:02 Announcer…

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…

What Can We Learn from Traditional AA?

What Can We Learn from Traditional AA?

By Don M. On September 16, 2017 Don M. addressed the Secular Ontario AA Roundup (S.O.A.A.R). The Roundup drew speakers from all over Ontario and North America including Texas and Las Vegas. Don’s subject was, “What Can We Learn from Traditional AA?” As background, in…

Outside Issues – What’s That About?

Outside Issues – What’s That About?

In some of the meetings I attend I have heard what sounds like a misunderstanding of the 10th tradition. The long form of the tradition reads like this: “No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside…

How it Works for Many of Us (And Questions for the Reader)

How it Works for Many of Us (And Questions for the Reader)

I have been attending meetings for over 30 years and five years ago started a group that is now called Secular Sobriety in Columbus, OH. I paid close attention when someone said they had relapsed and were now back in AA. If they did not mention it, I asked them…

The Thing About Traditions…

The Thing About Traditions…

Much has been written about the secular AA beliefs and attitudes towards the Twelve Steps. Some groups have chosen to rewrite them to eliminate god references. The risk there, of course, is incurring the wrath of the local Intergroup and perhaps that of our fellow AAs…

Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly

Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly

Over the weekend of March 4 – 6, 2016, I had the privilege of attending my second Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly (PRAASA) at the Spokane, WA convention center. It was attended by some 1500 members involved in the General Service work of Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the Pacific region…