I went to my first AA meeting today

Last week I made a promise to try out AA (Alcoholics Anonymous… for anyone who didn’t know the meaning behind the notorious acronym), and today I followed through. It was a lunchtime meeting near my office, not in a church basement, but a place callled Fellowship Hall, which is owned by Syracuse Intergroup which is […]

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I relapsed. Now what?

This might be the toughest post I’ve had to write yet. Well, I say had to… there’s no obligations that I’m subject to when it comes to this blog other than those I impose on myself. From the very beginning when I started writing it was because this is a way to share information on […]

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This is why I don’t do AA

Check out this story from The Fix about alleged discrimination/blacklisting of secular groups within AA. According to the third tradition of 12-step group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), “the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.” Theoretically, this would mean the group’s atheist and agnostic members, of which there are a growing number, are […]

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Book review: The Girl on the Train

Last summer I was taking the train from upstate New York into the city to see my brother and his fiance. Rolling through the Hudson Valley in August is a treat- the verdant hills and woods, the starkness of the cliffs against the blue sky. It’s one of the prettiest train rides there is, right […]

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Sometimes to get out of a hole you need a ladder

I’ve written before about not wanting to get involved in Alcoholics Anonymous because of the apparent reliance on a higher power or God or supernatural authority as part of their recovery program. But over the past few months I’ve realized that my recovery was missing something. Imagine being in a hole without a way out […]

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On my own but not alone, aka, Why I haven’t gone to AA (yet)

So far it’s been 119 days since my last drink. Since then I’ve had various people ask if I’m in AA, if I’ve thought about AA, etc. (The asking if I’m going to meetings does kind of defeat the purpose of the “anonymous” part though, doesn’t it?) I haven’t been to an AA meeting (yet) […]

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