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

Does Everyone Need a Higher Power?

Does Everyone Need a Higher Power?

With the Grapevine book “One Big Tent” AA has finally given recognition to something tens of thousands of us in AA have known for a long time: It is entirely possible to stay sober, live a good healthy sober life in AA without any god or higher power…

The Tao of H. O. W.

The Tao of H. O. W.

Hunting for a solution to the addiction problem often exemplifies the comical but frustrating human tendency known to psychologists as the streetlight effect. The streetlight effect gets its name from a joke about a drunk vainly looking for his car keys under a streetlight because that was where the light…

Lordy! Lordy! Lordy!!!

Lordy! Lordy! Lordy!!!

Any proposal to modify ANYTHING about Alcoholics Anonymous, even in the slightest of ways, tends to be greeted with chants of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…

The Thing About AA…

The Thing About AA…

This is the first of five articles that life-j wrote and submitted to the Grapevine, but were never published. We will post the articles here once a month for the next five months. Today in “The Thing About AA…” life-j takes a look at what really works in…

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…