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Clearing the Smoke in AA

By Harry Healy

Even during AA’s pioneering days, cigarette smoking was the source of internal controversy. Is there any room for cigs in the 12 steps? MORE  

Proud to be Sober, Proud to be Catholic

By Harry Healy

I noticed a decided anti-Catholic bent at the AA meetings I was attending, but my sobriety has only benefited from my religious upbringing. MORE  

Attitude Adjustment

By Harry Healy

My first AA meetings got me sober, but they didn't relieve my obsession with money and success. It took an out-of-town 10th-step meeting to remind me to be grateful for my sobriety. MORE  

How I Learned to Love the Holidays

By Harry Healy

Addiction is a three fold disease—Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Here's my way out of that obstacle course. MORE  

It's Anonymous For a Reason!

By Harry Healy

You take away the second word in Alcoholics Anonymous and what are you left with? MORE  

Forgiving My Drunk Dad on Father's Day

By Harry Healy

My ailing father has been a great example for me—both in how to be a player and how not to live my life as a dissolute drunk. MORE  

Keep Celebrity Worship Out of AA

By Harry Healy

We seem increasingly incapable of treating famous people just like anyone else in the rooms. The celebs trying to get sober lose out—and so do the rest of us. MORE  

Let's Stick to the Book in AA

By Harry Healy

The scourge of political correctness and hurt feelings dilutes the message and effectiveness of the 12 Steps. MORE  

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