January 2023 - what are the (scientific) odds of getting and staying sober?
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by Joe C.
1M ago
Can we end of pessimism in 2023? Expectations lag behind outcome rates of recovery from addiction                      PRINT or READ a PDF copy This blog is of general interest for anyone; shake any family tree and one or two alcoholics fall out of it. Certainly, our reporting today is directed to the “sober-curious”—if you are struggling with alcohol (or other drug) use and thinking about recovery. Do you care about someone suffering from addiction? Are you in healthcare? This blog’s for you ..read more
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Remembering John Lauritsen: A Freethinker in Alcoholics Anonymous
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by Joe C.
2M ago
Read/download the PDF version of this blog, Remembering John Lauritsen: A Freethinker in AA Professionals, and hopefully more people in recovery from substance use disorder, are discovering or re-discovering the practical lived experience offered in AA’s “little book,” Living Sober. One non-alcoholic who has systematically studied AA members and outcome rates, as much or more than anyone, would be Dr. John F. Kelly. Dr Kelly is professor of Psychiatry in Addiction, Harvard Medical School:  “The way that AA has been shown to work in scientific studies is more aligned with the experiences r ..read more
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Secular Everything: a look at irreligious 12-Step approaches to food, codependency and substance use disorders.
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by Joe C.
3M ago
There are a lot of fellowships where mutual-aid is available for almost every conceivable problem. Alcohol and other drug use disorders not a yes/no diagnosis anymore (eg: moderate, severe, chronic  alcohol use disorder). Some people identify as having an alcohol or other drug disorder but process addiction isn't something they identify with; they rarely fall into dark and downward spirals with sex, food, codependency or other traps that may ruin someone else's life. Some of us find that if some activity or substance offers comfort, we over do it or struggle to control it. How may peer-to ..read more
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Crisis? What Crisis? Is AA stuck with our messaging?
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by Joe C.
6M ago
The next era of 12-Step Recovery will see AA confronting our long period of—what I will call—being stuck. Predictably, what will follow will be to embrace innovation and the next generation of creative ways to express ourselves and to get from stuck to unstuck. Or put another way, "to recover." Crisis? What Crisis?  (Thank you Supertramp 1975[i]) The mid-1970s found British progressive pop band, Supertramp’s breakthrough album Crime of the Century(1974) chart and support a tour so from the road in the USA, they sidetracked to the A&M Los Angeles studio in 1975 to make this new album ..read more
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Agnostics and Atheists in AA - a brief history
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by Joe C.
6M ago
Here are the slides and here is the audio for a talk by Joe C for the Recovery Speakers workshop on AA History   AUDIO CLICK HERE SLIDES CLICK HERE This 2022 presentation looks at atheist, freethinkers, humanists and the non-theist spiritualists as an example of recognized special purpose groups, members, gatherings withing AA, the organizing of groups and gatherings through the years, literature written by AA atheists/agnostics and collections of AA stories in AA literature by people who do not believe in a prayer-answering, sobriety-granting deity. click on the audio above to listen an ..read more
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If you think you are different, AA Wants You (to be in the next Big Book)
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by Joe C.
7M ago
Under other time-sensitive news, “This just in:”  You may cherish the Big Book, AKA, our first text, Alcoholics Anonymous ... Or you may set it aside as a conscientious objector on a variety of grounds ... But now is the time for you—yes, you—to make a difference. No, they aren’t looking for your advice on changing the first 164 pages, that sacred cow will moo like it always has: cue The Who, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”  But the first 164 is merely 28% of the 575 pages of Alcoholics Anonymous - as I am sure you already know. The rest is mostly individual stories. Room ..read more
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The other million sellers: AA World Services readings for atheists and agnostics
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by Joe C.
8M ago
PRACTICAL AA (irreligious  readings and audio from Alcoholics Anonymous)  Maybe it’s because of the name of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, that people associate the first written account of AA experience as “the basic text,” “the official AA program” or inseparable from sober life in AA. The Big Book as it’s called by many, has sold over 40 million copies.  News Flash: AA has other million-selling books; Alcoholics Anonymous is neither the official nor sacred text of modern AA life.  John F Kelly (Harvard Medical School), Keith Humphreys (Stanford University) et al conduc ..read more
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4 Sober Positives for “Dry January” Newbies
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by Joe C.
1y ago
Rebellion Dogs’ focus is on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and other addictions. Today, let’s welcome others in a discussion with all who consume alcohol and/or other recreational drugs. News Flash: pandemic life has led to 14% more alcohol consumption compared to pre-pandemic patterns. We’re not counting your empties in the recycling bin; we’re quoting from a recent study 1. Before lockdown—from the downtown party crowd to suburban wine moms—Dry January has been a way to reverse the effects of overindulgence of the year before; a fresh detoxed start to 2022. If you do this annually, you know the ..read more
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Rebellion Dogs Blog Love and Tolerance is all you need or maybe all you need is less
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by Joe C.
1y ago
TOLERATE:  allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference. accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with forbearance.  [The truth, according to Google.com]  READ as a PDF Unless I am kidding myself, I do want to encourage and exercise my capacity for tolerance; it’s a value that I hold dear.  It’s a funny thing; I also crave connection (community), but I have these natural attractions and aversions. Other people—the object my noble tolerance—can be problematic when I’m ..read more
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What's with all the “God talk” in the atheists/agnostics AA meeting?”
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by Joe C.
1y ago
downloadable PDF copy of essay to read, print, share,  :-D First, most atheists and freethinkers AA meetings lean into the practical aspects of AA life, employed widely by 12-Step members, regardless of worldview. If you are secular-curious—sincerely interested in atheist/agnostic Alcoholics Anonymous—be scientific, bring a beginner's mind to your curiosity about secular meetings. Hard and fast conclusions based on a single, or few, sample(s) can lead to either false-positive or false-negative evaluations. Consider sampling four or five secular meetings. Visit them with regularity over t ..read more
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