196 episodes

This podcast features the personal stories of agnostics, atheists, and freethinkers who have found a secular path to sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. We discuss the 12 Steps from a secular perspective, interview authors of secular recovery books, speak with experts in the field of alcoholism and addiction, and report on events taking place within the secular AA community.

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This podcast features the personal stories of agnostics, atheists, and freethinkers who have found a secular path to sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. We discuss the 12 Steps from a secular perspective, interview authors of secular recovery books, speak with experts in the field of alcoholism and addiction, and report on events taking place within the secular AA community.

    Episode 193: The Plague Year

    Episode 193: The Plague Year

    In this episode, John Huey talks about his thoughts on COVID and alcoholism, and what the two have in common. He thinks back on friends who didn't survive their drinking and realizes that we don't think often enough about those who don't make it. You can read more in John's essay,  A Journal of the Plague Year. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 192: AA Beyond Belief at Five Years

    Episode 192: AA Beyond Belief at Five Years

    John and Angela celebrate the fifth anniversary of AA Beyond Belief by taking a look back at when and how it all started.  

    • 59 min
    Episode 191: A New Era for AA?

    Episode 191: A New Era for AA?

    Has COVID brought in a new era for Alcoholics Anonymous, or is it our responsibility to help bring one about? As meetings moved from church basements to Zoom, we are now hearing more diverse experiences from a greater number of people, as well as new ideas about the Steps or recovery in general. Maybe sharing our experience as secular AA members is making more of a difference now? 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 190: Decisions

    Episode 190: Decisions

    In this episode, Angela and John have a discussion about making decisions and how they learned to make better decisions in recovery. Angela talked about how attending meetings and working the Steps helped her learn to become more mindful and less reactive, and John talked about the difficult decisions he had to make early in sobriety. This was recorded from our Friday night live stream and featured comments from YouTube and Facebook, as well as from listener phone calls. 

    • 1 hr
    Episode 189: Sober Gratitudes with Sarah Elizabeth

    Episode 189: Sober Gratitudes with Sarah Elizabeth

    Our guest for this episode is Sarah Elizabeth from the Sober Gratitudes podcast. Now, I’ll tell you, this isn’t a typical episode for AA Beyond Belief, because Sarah doesn’t identify as either an atheist or agnostic. In Fact, she describes her experience as spiritual, and she attributes her sobriety to a higher power, which she identifies as the God of her understanding. Now, that being said, this is truly an amazing person you’re about to meet. She has an inspiring story, and she is my friend and also a friend of AA Beyond Belief.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 188: Something Light and Easy

    Episode 188: Something Light and Easy

    Angela and I have a free-flowing conversation covering a variety of topics ranging from our memories and thoughts about or first AA meeting to whether AA Word Services should publish a new book that covers the program of recovery. We take a call from Fred in Virginia and respond to comments on Facebook and YouTube. 

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

BRAE1984 ,

Deepest gratitude

Absolutely love this podcast. It’s so nice to know that I am not the only one that is unable to really relate to so many aspects of the traditional AA. I think there are so many individuals like myself that could really benefit more so from secular groups/meetings if their were more of them available. Thank you so much for all your dedication and voice and opinions I really get allot out of your episodes and enjoy listening to them;) one love

23€✌️️ ,

Fantastic!

As an agnostic AA member I find these podcasts very helpful. I live in an area with very limited access to secular meetings. Listening here helps connect me with the larger secular AA community. Thank you AA Beyond Belief!

SgtPooki ,

Good, but too much background noise

Great talks, excellent content, questions, guests, etc. However, please, stop clicking your pen, or mute your mic.

Your impatience/anxiety/fidgeting is much too noisy. You seem to repeatedly click your pen when a guest is talking and you’re trying to hold in words you want to say. It makes it hard for me and probably others, including yourself, to listen to what the guests are saying.

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