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

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…

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

It has probably happened to most of us during the times when we hadn’t put our lives back together yet, or back in our drinking days, that we’d be nursing an old vehicle along and there would be days we’d say, “Dear god, please let it start…

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…