Resolutions and fresh starts. Rebellion Dogs says “Happy 2023” with some breaks on book prices. The book, Beyond Belief available in eBook or paperback has some breaks for you, you and a friend, you and your group. Also, check out what we're reading and books we're talking about.
We SOBER Agnostics (2023) A new book about a favorite topic. Meet Michael, maybe a more typical non-theist AA than I am. I belong to a secular AA group, Michael is in mainstream AA. If what we are learning about AA (according to the 2020 Great Britain membership survey, 65% of members have an atheist interpretation of ‘higher power’ and not most of the meetings in Great Britain AA are not agnostic/atheist meetings. Michael and I have a great talk about music, book writing, AA culture, all kinds of things, the time flies. Episode 71's musical guest is YXNI (Your eX aNd I) with some synth-pop 2023 music. Both the music and the one-alcoholic-talking-to-another are new this year, but familiar sounding.
Okay, so (some of) you asked for it! “Rebellion Dogs our every sip at first” ha, ha, ha. (Some of) you asked for merch. T-shirts and hoodies coming but more asked for something to sip from while musing on daily reflections.
David Best, the first Professor of Recovery from Addiction at Leeds Trinity University and
Dr. John Kelly of the Harvard School of Addiction Medicine.
These researchers, pictured below are talking between sessions at the Recovery Capital Conference of Canada in Calgary (April 2022). Both of these men have been involved in recovery research for decades. We all have anecdotal lived experience so we have something to say when people ask, “What are the chances of getting and staying sober?” “Is relapse to be expected?” “How sober is sober, exactly?”
If you are long-term sober, so dry you're a fire hazard, here's a blog that can put your know-how up against scientific evidence about outcome rates and what influences recovery success. If you're new, we have some idea what's on your mind and while every journey is unique, this will give you a sense of what it takes, and what works best. READ IT, SHARE IT, HAVE YOUR SAY HERE
BRO-BRIETY…. Joe C joins Dr. Allen Berger, Thom Rutledge, Patrick Newman of EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY Podcast. What are we on about December 2022? We are talking about the phases of recovery over addiction and how Emotional Sobriety looks when you're counting days vs. counting decades of recovery. Allen's sponsor TOM was 54 YRS sober at the time of recording. CLICK Here for Emotional Sobriety Pod
who, who, who are you? In the early days of 2023 visitors from 244 cities are visiting us; topping the list are: New York, Dublin, Toronto, London, Chicago, Edinburgh, Cologne, Columbus, Antwerp, Vilonia, Winnipeg and Washington DC ... thanks everyone, by the way
What do we know about the beliefs of Alcoholics Anonymous members? How have AA's adjusted to the gains and pains of online (ZOOM) AA; what bridges and barriers has this brought? Well, we know the answer to these questions, at least for a meaningful sample size. Meet Mani Mehdikhani, psychologist and non-alcoholic trustee for the General Service Board of AA Great Britain. Mani is the architect of the 2020 membership survey which asked members in Gret Britain and Central Europe Region English-speaking members these questions and more; who is religious, who is secular, who loves the new virtual recovery, who feels left behind?
PODCAST PIT-STOPS with JOE C. - we stopped by three fellow recovery podcasters (click to listen)
How many podcasts do you listen to? Is it like a meeting-on-demand, you can tune into for free anytime, any place? Maybe every home group should have a podcast, sharing member's unique stories or your group's meeting-after-the-meeting coffee talk.
Available on YOUTUBE on Herb K's site from our co-hosting 1/2 day workshop Saturday April 23, 2022. Our topic is Step Two and Three. An atheist and a Big Book-literalist discuss the secular, practical path to AA sobriety's legitimate equivalency to the spiritual/religious version.
Join in on a discussion with Columbia University's Carl Erik Fisher, podcast host, teacher, psychiatrist and someone who's been on both sides of the person with addiction meets with psychiatrist dynamic. Yeah, it's quite a story. And his search for answers were not satisfied by science and medicine alone. Come along on Carl's trip that visits history, art and philosophy of Episode 68 CLICK HERE
Rev. Ward B Ewing has been engaged with AA since 1975. As a class A trustee (non-alcoholic), he was voted to the AA General Service Board chair from 2009 - 2013. He has been a champion of inclusivity in AA. Ward's efforts to make AA a more welcoming place for atheists and agnostics got him invited to be one of our speakers at the International gathering of secular AA members in Santa Monica in 2014. He has a new book. Based on lessons learned in AA and the changing demographic of creed in America, Ward has written Twelve Steps to Religionless Spirituality: The Power of Spirituality with or without God (2021). Ward is our guest on Rebellion Dogs Radio. Rebellion Dogs Radio.
I suppose turn around is fair play, Allen Berger was a guest on Rebellion Dogs Radio and now Joe C visits Thom, Patrick and Allen as a fourth musketeer on Emotional Sobriety Podcast #22. iTunes - Spotify - Amazon Podcast or click the pic for Stitcher Pod page
Do you want a 40% change at sustained, engaging recovery? Or would you prefer an 80% chance? Some of that will be informed by decision you make in the first days, months and year of sobriety.
Joe Nowinski is back on Rebellion Dogs Radio. Recovery After Rehab: A Guide for the Newly Sober and their Loved Ones is like the owners manual to your new sober life. "So, I'm finished my stint in rehab; what do I do now? What do I do first?" For all the $$$ you spent and/or your health provider spent on your in (or out) patient care to treat alcohol use (or other drug) disorder, the $28 for this book will help improve outcome rates. Listen now or download from your favorite podcast sites
SECULAR AA Meetings on Demand: Listen to International Conference of Secular AA speakers and panels any time, anywhere CLICK HERE
From 1968 to the 2022 (soon to be released) AA Membership Survey in the USA we check our demographics for outreach to healthcare professionals and the general public. We also use the survey to take inventory of how we are doing: who is getting the help they need; who's being left behind. Looking at them collectively we can measure trends.
The Great Britain 2020 Membership Survey reveals two new talking points: How are AA members doing with the proliferation of Zoom (and other online) AA meetings? What do AA's really believe? Members answer if they believe in a higher power and how religious or secular they are.
This event is part of a series from the Growing in Understanding group.
this is "some of" the history of atheists and agnostics in AA. Secular AA has "widened AA's gateway" according to founders and "isn't REAL AA" according to fundamentalists. In this meeting we will take a historical look at gatherings: secular AA meetings, conferences and literature in AA.
The Spirituality Series is sponsored by Mary & Joseph Retreat Center
Herb K & Joe C will discuss their respective approaches: Traditional VS Non-Traditional and dialogue about their understanding and experience then open the workshop to participant questions. Herb K will unpack his understanding and experience with the Big Book from the “spiritual” perspective – helping participants clarify the practical meanings of: FAITH; CHOICE; DECISION.
Joe C will share his approach from the “secular” viewpoint – addressing the % of people coming from or drawn toward atheism or agnosticism, modeling how to have an effective personal experience.
From Joe C.: “Step Two and Three are a process for a freethinker like me--not an event. My unaided will was insufficient to sustain sobriety. What resources would suffice; where would I go or what/whom would I turn to for the care that I needed? None of these are original ideas, but I heard them at AA meetings and applied them to my life: a) the power of example, b) a Group of Drunks, c) a higher purpose. As ideas and practical tools, these three touchstones have all been instrumental
throughout my AA recovery. I see in these principles the same practices and hope of Steps Two and Three that others find who ‘call it God-consciousness’."
Herb K’s journey ~ 7 years in Claretian seminary, a graduate education in psychology, 40 years in human resources consulting, certification as a Spiritual Director, active participation in 12 Step Fellowship since 1984 and the publication of 3 books on spiritual awakening. www.herbk.com
Joe C’s search for a secular daily reflection book for people in recovery came up empty, leading to his writing “Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life” (2013). Joe is a broadcaster & author, clean and sober since Disco music. His writing, research and reporting efforts have been directed towards music, finance, travel, mental health and addiction/recovery. Joe hosts a syndicated show on IndieCan Radio, devoted to the emerging music scene and Rebellion Dogs Radio, a contemporary
look at 12-step life. Contact Joe at https://rebelliondogspublishing.com/
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