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Gender Bias in AA?

By Juliet Abram

The Fix Q&A with Stephanie Covington about women and the rooms. MORE  

He for She in AA

By Juliet Abram

The worst excuse for the Big Book is that it can't be sexist because it's an old book. This implies that the reader is too incompetent to realize the book is old and instead ignores how gender equality contributes to drinking problems. MORE  

The Angry Atheist Who Made AA Great

By Susan Cheever

Jim B., often wrongly overlooked, fought Bill W. to a draw over the original wording of the 12 Steps. "God" got qualified and tolerance got added. Without this nonbeliever, AA would never have thrived. 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  

Do You Have to Bottom Out?

By Nic Sheff

Sometimes people ask me if they can avoid losing everything before they get clean. My story offers a simple answer: I lost more than I ever could have imagined, and then I lost even more. MORE  

Susan Cheever on the Real Bill W.

By Susan Cheever

On the anniversary of his 1971 death, the AA founder's complicated life is more instructive than ever in an increasingly tumultuous world. MORE  

The Legend of Joe and Charlie

By Kristen McGuiness

An AA friendship that started 30 years ago led to a clear, concise interpretation of the Big Book. So who were the men behind the movement? MORE  

Sobriety: Better Than Prozac!

By Rachael Brownell

Experts suggest that people in recovery are happier than their non-alcoholic peers. MORE  

Soberly Surviving Divorce

By Rachael Brownell

Now that you're sober, everything goes your way, right? Wrong. But that doesn't mean you can't be serene.  MORE  

Do You Need God to Stay Sober?

By Rachael Brownell

Must you believe in God if you want to stay sober? Rachael Brownell doesn't think so. MORE  

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