Personal stories of East Valley Residents



We Agnostics (Tempe) Group History

By Beth H.

From: No Booze News, July, 2016, P.12

 My name is Beth H. and I’m an alcoholic. I’m one of the founding members of this secular AA group. Not the main one or the most important one, but I’m only speaking for myself as to why this meeting was started.

Recovering from the committee in my head

By Beth H.

We frequently hear talk in the rooms of AA about “the committee”, or the different thoughts and voices swirling around in our heads, often giving us conflicting messages or bad advice. In my sobriety, I have benefited tremendously by taking the time to identify those voices.

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Ann's Story

by Ann M.

Already in kindergarten I felt different from others. I often felt ashamed and that I couldn’t do things right. I mostly felt disliked throughout school, sometimes because I was the teacher’s pet, sometimes because I would treat other kids badly to compensate for how I felt. I was also a crybaby.


Changes to the Big Book

An Interview with Jerry F.
Jerry is another founding member of the We Agnostics Group. He talked with John S. of AA Beyond Belief about changes to the first 164 pages of the Big Book that "never happened" (but he found them), and the change to the fourth edition which his efforts brought about.


The Ninth Step of William Beebe – A Cautionary Tale

by Jerry F.     
William Beebe, a real estate agent and massage therapist in Las Vegas, was in and out of alcohol rehab centers in the early 1990s. In 1993 he came into AA where he got sober and stayed that way. In September 2005, Beebe wrote a letter to Liz Seccuro in which he acknowledged his guilt and shame at having raped her.
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The Thing About Traditions...

by Jerry F.    

Much has been written about the secular AA beliefs and attitudes towards the Twelve Steps. Some groups have chosen to rewrite them to eliminate god references. The risk there, of course, is incurring the wrath of the local Intergroup and perhaps that of our fellow AAs.​

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