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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  

Bill W. Could Get His Own Postage Stamp

By Mei Schultz

Groups petition the USPS to put the co-founder's face on a postage stamp in honor of AA's 80th anniversary in 2015. MORE  

Bill W. and Dr. Bob Opens Tonight in NYC

By Hunter R. Slaton

The cast and crew tell The Fix why this production of the story of AA's founding is unique. MORE  

Hallucinogens in Addiction Treatment: The Trippy New Era

By Kelly Bourdet

LSD, ecstasy and magic mushrooms are helping people face death, cope with trauma and quit booze and smokes. Can these drugs revolutionize addiction treatment, or is it all just tangerine trees and marmalade skies? MORE  

AA Celebrates Its 78th Birthday

By Benjamin Aldo

Since Dr. Bob Smith's last drink on June 10, 1935, AA has grown from two members to more than 2 million. MORE  

CBT and the 12 Steps Have a Lot in Common

By Alexis Stein and Hunter R. Slaton

It turns out that cognitive-behavioral therapy and the 12 Steps share plenty of DNA. A therapist and a sober Fix staffer compare and contrast, one step at a time. MORE  

Where Bill W. Came From

By Susan Cheever

Born behind the bar in his family's big red inn—117 years ago this week—Wilson's Vermont youth wasn't exactly bucolic. His encounters with early adversity show how the child was father to the man. MORE  

The Big Book's Case of Mistaken Identity

By Susan Cheever

The story of how one of AA's most famous slogans—"contempt before investigation"—took a long series of wrong turns to end up in the right place. 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  

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  

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