John S. speaking on the Midwestern Founders Panel at the We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention held in Santa Monica, California in November 2014.
This weekend it was an honor to represent our group on Godless Revolution Podcast produced by the Omaha Atheists . I joined my friends R.J., Benn and Josiah for a discussion of secular sobriety. Because those of us on the panel were all members of A.A., the conversation was primarily centered on Alcoholics Anonymous and the movement within […]
When I think back on my years in A.A., I have to shake my head and wonder where my head went. It seems I willingly threw logic and critical thinking out the window and with little protest accepted the beliefs of others, all in the name of open-mindedness. But who really had the closed mind? […]
Last night I watched this film on Netflix on the recommendation of a blogger friend Hanje Richards. I found this to be a thought-provoking documentary about the concept of anonymity in twelve step programs, most notably A.A. and how it has become misunderstood and misused by people in recovery. The film makes the point that […]
Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, […]
An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim. We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use […]
Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. In this video Bill W. discusses the fifth tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole. With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional […]
The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. […]
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern In this video Bill W. discusses the second tradition of A.A.
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity. Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward. In this video Bill Wilson discusses […]
This is a full version of the movie, “My Name is Bill W.” produced in 1989 starring James Wood as Bill W. and James Garner as Dr. Bob.
I thought this was really interesting to get the perspective of a nonalcoholic reviewing the Big Book as literature. If more people in the program would relate to the Big Book as literature instead of a quasi-sacred text, I think AA would be much better off. Literature is something you can appreciate within in the context […]
From the film’s website the13thstepfilm.com , “The 13th Step is an explosive new documentary film by Monica Richardson that exposes the criminal and sexually predatory behavior that occurs systematically within Alcoholics Anonymous”. This may be a difficult film for someone who loves A.A. as I do to watch, which is exactly why we should watch it. I’ve […]
Another treatment option “One Little Pill” is a documentary film about a treatment for alcoholism known as the Sinclair Method which employs the prescription medication Naltrexone or Nalmefene. These medications when taken one hour prior to drinking are said to eliminate the craving for alcohol, in fact one actually desires less to drink rather than more. Citing over 90 […]