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

About Sponsorship in AA

About Sponsorship in AA

As a newcomer, I felt as if I was under constant pressure to get a sponsor. During meetings people often shared tidbits of wisdom bestowed upon them from their sponsors. Some claimed you couldn’t work the program without one, while others described drill sergeant sponsors who straightened them out…

A Letter to My Sponsor

A Letter to My Sponsor

You came into my life at a time when I most needed someone to help guide me through the AA program. Your words helped calm my fears as I started out in my sobriety and gave me strength to stand in my own truth. I have valued you as a…

Secular Sobriety, The Final Frontier

Secular Sobriety, The Final Frontier

At around eighteen years sober I needed to get honest with the fact that I was an atheist, praying to a god I no longer believed in was pointless. I have come to similar personal crossroads of directional decision in sobriety many times before, but this was probably the most…

About Those Steps

About Those Steps

Today’s article is taken from a discussion in the AA Beyond Belief Facebook page. We are using first name and last initial to protect anonymity, and we edited the comments for the purpose of making them easier to read. The original intent of the comment and the style of…

Reflections on Long-Term Recovery

Reflections on Long-Term Recovery

Addiction recovery is far more than the removal of drugs from an otherwise unchanged life. Recent definitions of recovery transcend radical changes in the person-drug relationship and encompass enhanced global health and social functioning…

PAUL COX, AA AND THE LAW – 2019 UPDATE

PAUL COX, AA AND THE LAW – 2019 UPDATE

On the night before New Year’s Eve, 1988, Paul Cox and two friends were at a keg party near Larchmont, New York, an affluent suburb north of New York City. When the beer ran out, the three went to a bar in New Rochelle where they continued drinking. The…

Methodes et Traditions

Methodes et Traditions

Presented here in the original French with an English translation is a secular version of “How It Works”, the Twelve Steps, and the Twelve Traditions as interpreted by the Esprit Ouvert group in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The English Translation was provided by Roger C. who attends meetings at…

Inclusiveness Can be a Matter of Life and Death

Inclusiveness Can be a Matter of Life and Death

I got a reputation as the rebellious atheist type at my AA home group, even though I never spoke against religion or the Judeo-Christian concept of God or identified myself as an atheist, and had, in fact, encouraged Christian sponsees to practice their faith…

Chatting with Believers and Traditionalists in AA

Chatting with Believers and Traditionalists in AA

My conversations with people about “the God thing” in AA are usually kicked off by my non-recitation of the Lord’s Prayer after meetings. I try to be obvious about it. I don’t discretely bow my head to examine the flooring tiles, but instead look around the room…

Fix Broken Self-esteem with Ego Deflation? Huh?

Fix Broken Self-esteem with Ego Deflation? Huh?

I was lucky to be able to attend the 3rd ICSAA convention, and one workshop in particular stood out. Halfway through it I broke down sobbing. That’s how close to home it struck. It was called, “Reframing the steps for people on the flip-side of Bill’s controlling…