Evolving Out of Faith

Evolving Out of Faith

In Alcoholics Anonymous we are asked to share in a very general way, “What it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now…

Yes Raymond Carver, Some Days are Gravy

Yes Raymond Carver, Some Days are Gravy

Raymond Carver published short stories and poetry in the 1970s and 80s. He is well-known for his minimalist writing style and is considered one…

Early Shaky Days

Early Shaky Days

What was it that kept me sober in those early shaky days of sobriety? It was in the early 1990’s in Sydney Australia when…

Waking Up: Recovering My Loving Heart

Waking Up: Recovering My Loving Heart

My earliest memory is from when I was six or seven years old. I don’t remember anything before then. I walked into my kitchen…

Episode 62: Carmen X.

Episode 62: Carmen X.

I met Carmen at my home group, and have always enjoyed her thoughtful comments, intelligence, and her honest, open, and warm personality. This podcast features…

Episode 61: PJ and Sydney’s Brookvale Quad A Group

Episode 61: PJ and Sydney’s Brookvale Quad A Group

PJ started drinking as a teenager in his native Ireland, and to this day, he can remember the effect of that first drink he had…

About Being Here

About Being Here

Sometimes when Jane and I are waking up together, as I lie there snuggling up to her warm body, still halfway in a dream state…

Alcoholism Plus Religion Almost Destroyed My Family, by Simone | AA From An Atheist’s Perspective, by Ash J.

Alcoholism Plus Religion Almost Destroyed My Family, by Simone | AA From An Atheist’s Perspective, by Ash J.

This week, instead of publishing a single story, we are presenting two brief stories. In the first story, Alcoholism Plus Religion Almost Destroyed My Family…

Letting Go

Letting Go

I had six months of sobriety, or more accurately abstinence, when my oldest son turned 21. He had been looking forward to this milestone for…

A Quest For Truth

A Quest For Truth

November 7th, 1997. Key West Club House at 404 Virginia St. I was a 54-year-old divorced female artist, writer, and laryngectomee, speaking with…

Episode 49: John S. from We Agnostics Kansas City

Episode 49: John S. from We Agnostics Kansas City

In recording this podcast, I was interviewed by my co-host, Benn B. and thanks to his excellent interviewing skills; I shared my story in…

It Lasted Over 22 Years

It Lasted Over 22 Years

I grew up in a large family, the oldest of eight children. We were raised Catholic, but even as a teenager I was skeptical about…

Living Cyber

Living Cyber

In my journey, online recovery is a story of liberation. I want to describe the profound value that online recovery brings to my life. As…

Predatory Behavior Within the Fellowship

Predatory Behavior Within the Fellowship

I initially found AA roughly 20 years ago, filled with trepidation and with zero self-esteem. Much to my surprise, I had been diagnosed with…

Leaving AA and Finding a New Freedom

Leaving AA and Finding a New Freedom

Hi, my name is Megan, and I’m … a person who doesn’t drink anymore? For a while, I introduced myself as an alcoholic or…

Mindfulness and the “Functional Alco-demic”

Mindfulness and the “Functional Alco-demic”

It remains vital for me to remember where I got to on my way to where I am today. Was I, and am I, really…

Doctor, Doctor! Interacting with Health Care Providers

Doctor, Doctor! Interacting with Health Care Providers

I vaguely recall noticing, in my first foggy reading of the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book” while in rehab, that my profession seemed to be curiously…

Alcoholism and Depression

Alcoholism and Depression

The first time I became clinically depressed I was in graduate school and it happened overnight. I had been drinking for several days. I went…

Episode 40: Richard H. from We Agnostics Calgary

Episode 40: Richard H. from We Agnostics Calgary

This week’s podcast features Richard H. from the We Agnostics group in Calgary. By the time that Richard made it to his first AA…

These Are Only Suggestions

These Are Only Suggestions

I like AA – especially the fellowship. In most locales, it’s the only show in town and the price is right. When I was a…