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Alcoholics Anonymous

The United State of AA

By Susan Cheever

After hundreds of meetings in almost as many places, our intrepid columnist discovers the one thing, despite the diversity and differences, they all have in common: a state of mind. MORE  

Not Everyone Needs Sobriety

By Nic Sheff

I used to assume that every addict or alcoholic had to practice complete abstinence. Then I met some people who proved me wrong. MORE  

My Own Agnostic Version of Alcoholics Anonymous

By Jowita Bydlowska

I began attending agnostic meetings in AA and my sponsor fired me. This made me wonder: should AA be adapted to fit the demands of its newer members? MORE  

Meetings With My Dad

By Taylor Ellsworth

Some people have to travel across the country to see their dad. I only need to show up at an AA meeting. MORE  

"Bill W. Day" Celebrates AA Co-Founder

By May Wilkerson

Hundreds gathered at Bill Wilson's grave yesterday on the 77th anniversary of the movement he pioneered. MORE  

How Not to Preach Recovery

By Nic Sheff

So many people seem to want to convince people that they got sober the right way. But I say do it however you want—and let everyone else do the same. MORE  

Making the Pilgrimage to AA's Mecca

By Susan Cheever

The annual AA and Al-Anon picnic at Stepping Stones evokes personal memories and movement history for Bill W.'s most famous biographer. MORE  

Recovering From Sex Addiction

By Hunter R. Slaton

With four competing 12-Step programs and numerous new treatments, sexaholics have more options than ever—just in time for the Internet age's explosion in diagnoses. MORE  

Do Sexual Predators Thrive in Alcoholics Anonymous?

By Lily Weinstein

When I got sober at 17, AA welcomed me with open arms. If only I'd known that some of them were dangerous. MORE  

The Simple Truth of Mary Kennedy's Suicide

By Susan Cheever

Another tragedy befell the Kennedy family with the suicide last week of RFK Jr.'s wife. The media may be dwelling on the "Kennedy Curse," but the curse in this case is all too common. MORE  

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