Personal Stories

As our website gets more and more visibility, it would be really helpful if members and visitors could start sending us some personal comments about how helpful, supportive and/or meaningful it is to finally find an AA meeting where we can simply be honest and encouraged by others’ integrity and recovery stories.  You never know when a couple hundred words of your experience, strength and hope may be exactly what someone else needs to read .

Fortunately, I am able to enjoy stories firsthand at weekly meetings, but not everyone has that flexibility.  SO, THINKING OF HOW OUR EXPERIENCE CAN BENEFIT OTHERS, PLEASE put something together and shoot it off for me to post at the email address below.

In gratitude for what we can do together, but cannot do alone,

JEB, Group Chairperson

SEE STORIES BELOW:  It works. It really does!


This month, October 2016, Freethinkers in AA celebrates its three-year anniversary, and what a great experience it has been for many who have entered the doors of AA through a non-prayer, secular meeting! Like every other AA meeting, some return while others move on, but hopefully encouraged by what they found here, the kind of open-mindedness and accepting atmosphere that I believe Bill Wilson and others argued for year after year, keeping the doors open to ALL. Celebrating 38 years of continuous sobriety in August, I have tremendous gratitude to all who endured and supported my progressive recovery from the seemingly hopeless ex-drunk who entered the rooms in Helena, Montana. Little did I realize that by adopting a new way of life, away from superstitious and magical thinking, Alcoholics Anonymous would really help me to grow up into the man I am today, confident in my abilities as a recovered alcohol and nicotine addict.

In spite of the Denver Central Office manager refusing to list our meetings in the local meeting directory, suffering or simply unhappy alcoholics manage to find us through search engines and word of mouth, believing there must be something out there where they can simply be honest about the disbelief, doubts and skepticism about the religious tone on so many meetings. When we started our weekly meetings, we had one agenda, the Declaration of Responsibility, which we should probably state in the plural: “We are responsible, whenever anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, we want the hand of AA always to be there. . and for that, we are responsible.”

In spite of my many 24 hours, I continue to learn about myself from others in these meetings, about the dis-ease that expresses itself in addictions of so many kinds, underlining the necessity of at least trying to be consistently honest with myself and others, and using every day the practical tools AA has given me.

One day at a time, this program of action continues to give even more than I hoped for so many years ago, living proof that WE CAN DO TOGETHER WHAT WE CAN’T DO ALONE!

Jeb B., Group Chairperson
Freethinkers in AA

My name is Maria and I am a member of AA. I am and always will be grateful to the fellowship and guiding steps and principles of AA which helped me achieve and maintain sobriety one day at a time thus far for two years. 

Whereas I can honestly write the above, it’s true that from the start I had a hard time with the g-d thing. However, I was desperate to break free from my addiction to alcohol, so I “worked on it” and tried hard to “get it”.. My AA friends and sponsor told me not to worry, that “I’d get it eventually”. I felt deep inside that I never would “get anything” from this concept of g-d they all talked about as their own personal friend and answerer of prayers! I tried to not worry about it, I tried to fake it though I knew I’d never “make it”. I cried many a tear and fretted needlessly over the g-d thing for my first year. Somehow my sponsor shuttled me through the steps and I did get results with which I was OK and I remained sober and grew somewhat happier in life, on and off, bits at a time, here and there. Get the picture? Physically sober, but needing to get to work on emotional sobriety!

However hard I tried, I grew disillusioned and felt out of place more and more. The only place I felt safe was my home group (a women’s group), and even there I was greeted with well meaning gals who told me they worried about me when I finally got the courage to be honest and say the truth about my disbelief. My meeting attendance dropped a lot toward the end of my first year and I thought I was just s.o.l.
I thank my friend Joe for mentioning the Freethinkers in AA meeting to me. What a relief to find real AA recovery without the g-d thing! It was a butt saver for me at a time when I was teetering on the edge of leaving the program. Not only that, but I’ve plugged into an entire  network of freethinkers of all types seeking recovery from their addiction.
Maria T.
Denver, CO
If you would like to briefly share your story of how a secular approach to AA and Freethinkers in AA works for you, please submit your ideas to [Suggested length: under 900 words.]