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

Traditions

Traditions

When I returned to a 12 Step recovery group four years ago, 30 years after walking into the fellowship’s rooms for the first time, both the program and I had changed. Phone meetings made up a large proportion of all fellowship meetings, affording me the opportunity for recovery in…

A Heathen Looks at the 12 Steps

A Heathen Looks at the 12 Steps

Why does Refuge Recovery exist? Why is there SMART? SOS? Addiction counselors? Women in Sobriety? Secularized versions of AA’s 12 Steps? Why is there an Alan Carr book on quitting drinking…

AA and Special Needs

AA and Special Needs

While AA as such has always made a point of including all who suffer from alcoholism, there have been instances where the inclusivity hasn’t always worked well, either because of human limitations of our members or because of some aspects of our program which may not serve certain subgroups…

Spiritual Fitness

Spiritual Fitness

Throughout my recovery, one of the ways I have measured my spiritual fitness has been whether I am able to have fun without drinking, especially in situations where other people are having drinks. In the past two weekends I had two very different experiences at drinking parties. Nothing drastic had…

Powerlessness and Other Stuff

Powerlessness and Other Stuff

Could a real alcoholic who had just consumed six drinks refuse the next one if a gun was held to his head, and he was told it would be used, if he reached for drink number seven…

Sobriety, Social Integration, and Dissent

Sobriety, Social Integration, and Dissent

The novelist E.L. Doctorow said that for him writing a book was like driving at night with the headlights on – he could only see a short distance ahead, but he could make the whole trip that way…

Eight Principles of AA

Eight Principles of AA

The 12 steps have helped many people in AA. They seem to work particularly well for people that need, or want to be told what to do, and for people of a religious inclination. Others in AA find them less helpful and rely instead on the fellowship. Either way, there…

AA and What Really Works

AA and What Really Works

This is the third in a series of articles that life-j wrote for publication by the Grapevine. The first in the series “The Thing About AA” was published on August 4, 2019, and the second in the series was “Does Everyone Need a Higher Power”, published on September 1…

Have You Ever Said, “I Tried Meditating, But It Was Too Hard?”

Have You Ever Said, “I Tried Meditating, But It Was Too Hard?”

Have You Ever Said, “I Tried Meditating, But It Was Too Hard?” Me too! For several years now, I have shared in 12 step meetings, that Step 11 (in many versions of 12 steps) is my foundation for recovery…

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…