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My Story: Progression and Surrender

My Story: Progression and Surrender

My sobriety date is 12/10/2009. Perhaps two words that describe my three decades with alcohol are “progression,” and “surrender.” Having once been an ardent, Evangelical, Reformed Christian believer, by the time I staggered into AA I had been an atheist for almost fifteen years. I was “without” Theistic belief when I came into AA, and still self-identify…

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On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

Pat N. will be a keynote speaker at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that will be held in Austin, Texas from November 11th through the 13th…

AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

Chris grew up the son of an Anglican priest in a city in Saskatchewan originally founded as a temperance colony. When he started drinking as a teenager, there were a…

Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

I met Erica in March of 2015 when she came to a meeting at my home group, We Agnostics. Her confidence was shaken, her sobriety was fragile, and she was…

Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Roger C. from the We Agnostics group in Hamilton, Ontario gave a talk in Kansas City, Missouri on August 6, 2016 to commemorate the anniversaries of two secular AA groups…

Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

A few days ago, Benn and I recorded this podcast on Steps Six and Seven. We never know where these conversations will lead, and we are often surprised at the…

John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

John C. grew up in Amarillo, Texas where he says, “God was good, and if you’re going to be good, you’re going to follow God, and the people…

Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

This November at WAAFT IAAC, Jerry F. from Gilbert, Arizona will give a presentation about ongoing changes that have been made to the Big Book, and how he was able…

Not Alone Anymore

Not Alone Anymore

Not Alone Anymore

June of 1989 was my original sobriety date. I was what is described in our literature as a classic “two-stepper.” You could have never convinced me I would ever…

Step Five and Sponsorship

Step Five and Sponsorship

Step Five and Sponsorship

I was transformed by the Twelve Steps, but there wasn’t anything supernatural or magical about it. The change I experienced was the result of what I learned from the…

Pam W. and the Story of WAAFT IAAC

Pam W. and the Story of WAAFT IAAC

Pam W. and the Story of WAAFT IAAC

In November of 2014, we agnostics, atheists and freethinkers followed AA’s broad highway to Santa Monica, California, and Alcoholics Anonymous has not been the same since. It was there…

Roger C. and AA Agnostica

Roger C. and AA Agnostica

Roger C. and AA Agnostica

After Roger’s first year in AA, he learned that his home group “Beyond Belief”, had been disenfranchised by the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup. Without warning, their group’s web…

Vic L. and Secular AA

Vic L. and Secular AA

Vic L. and Secular AA

My name is Vic L. and I am definitely an alcoholic. I first went to AA on February 11, 1979 when I was 35 years old. I do not distinguish…

Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Over the years, I’ve frequently heard in meetings that there’s a reason the steps were written in order. The implication being, that to do them correctly, one must…

Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Mike started drinking early in life, and by the age of 18 he had already been to jail and treatment. He loved alcohol and he drank for the effect, but…

We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

It was very nice to sit down and visit Dianne P., who is the Chair of the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that will be taking place…

Spiritual John

Spiritual John

Spiritual John

When John H. attended his first A.A. meeting in 1957, he was the youngest person in the room, and the speaker that night was a man in a suit…

Step Three with Benn and John

Step Three with Benn and John

Step Three with Benn and John

At first glance, this step may seem impossible for a nonbeliever. God and the capital “H” in “Him”, make it pretty clear that we will be dealing with the supernatural…

A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous

In this episode John L., the author of A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous joins Kevin P and myself for a conversation about John’s early experiences in A.A., and…

Steps One and Two with Benn B.

Steps One and Two with Benn B.

Steps One and Two with Benn B.

In this episode of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we explore the first two steps in AA’s program of recovery. Benn B. from Lincoln, Nebraska joins us for an…

Four Elements

Four Elements

Four Elements

Jerry V adapts the “Four Elements of Wretched Old Age” from the Opera L’incoronazione di Popea to his own recovery. The Four Elements of Drunkeness and the Four Elements…

Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

This podcast was produced by Joe C from Rebellion Dogs Radio and we are honored to republish it here on this site. In this episode of Rebellion Dogs Radio, Joe…

Roger C. – A History of Secularism in AA

Roger C. – A History of Secularism in AA

Roger C. – A History of Secularism in AA

This speech delivered by Roger C. at the Widening the Gateway AA Conference earlier this month will go down as a classic. I believe this will be referenced and talked…

Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Steve Bergier, a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator in Orange County, California was kind enough to not only submit a story to AA Beyond Belief, but also to spend his Sunday…

A Talk with Holly

A Talk with Holly

A Talk with Holly

Perhaps our greatest asset for helping others is our past, our stories of recovery, and in this episode Holly D. from Orlando, Florida shares her story with us. Like many…

Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

In this episode we meet Westin W. from Indianapolis, who shares his experience, strength and hope as an atheist in Alcoholics Anonymous. As his drinking and life became increasingly unmanageable…

Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Jon Stewart from Brighton, England was kind enough to join me for a conversation which I found immensely interesting, and I hope you do as well. Unlike guests from past…

A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

What a pleasure it was to spend a Sunday morning speaking with Mikey J. from Orlando, Florida. Mikey is a founding member of Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks (OMAGOD…

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: A Conversation with Thomas B.

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: A Conversation with Thomas B.

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: A Conversation with Thomas B.

In Episode Four of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we will speak with Thomas B. from Seaside Oregon. We’ll talk about his experience getting sober in New York during…

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: Myth of the Angry Atheist

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: Myth of the Angry Atheist

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: Myth of the Angry Atheist

In episode three, I interview John H. from the We Agnostics AA Group in Washington DC. We talk about his story, the beginnings of the DC We Agnostics Group, his…

A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

Many years ago, maybe twenty or more, I would occasionally attend a speaker meeting on Friday nights and at those meetings I would see Kevin P. I never got to…

AA Beyond Belief Podcast Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

AA Beyond Belief Podcast Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

AA Beyond Belief Podcast Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

On this week’s podcast, we speak with Jerry F. from Phoenix, Arizona about the upcoming regional conference for agnostic, atheist and freethinking AA members in Arizona. The conference to…

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: An Introduction

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: An Introduction

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: An Introduction

In this episode we take a look back at the great work of Roger C. at AA Agnostica and talk about the future of AA Beyond Belief…

Addiction Treatment

Other Factors

Other Factors

A man clutches his chest. He’s having a heart attack. He collapses and his heart stops. His wife calls 911. A highly trained team of paramedics arrive and start…

Why I Stopped Going to AA and Why I Feel Guilty About It

Why I Stopped Going to AA and Why I Feel Guilty About It

When I first came into recovery in 1990 I had a higher power. The higher power was making me pee in a cup randomly. I don’t know if I…

Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Steve Bergier, a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator in Orange County, California was kind enough to not only submit a story to AA Beyond Belief, but also to spend his Sunday…

Is Addiction A Disease?

Is Addiction A Disease?

In this essay I will be specifically referring to alcohol and drug addiction or severe alcohol/substance use disorder, which is the terminology used in the fifth edition of the…

AA History

Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

This November at WAAFT IAAC, Jerry F. from Gilbert, Arizona will give a presentation about ongoing changes that have been…

The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend (1944) may be the most famous movie ever made about alcoholism. It’s certainly one of the…

A Tribute to AA Agnostica

A Tribute to AA Agnostica

Today closes one of the most exciting chapters in the recent history of the secular AA Fellowship, also known as…

Roger C. and AA Agnostica

Roger C. and AA Agnostica

After Roger’s first year in AA, he learned that his home group “Beyond Belief”, had been disenfranchised by the…