Fighting faith based addiction recovery in BC

Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 Step Programs are religious. It shouldn’t be controversial to say as multiple US court rulings have concluded as much but following my new article in The Tyee calling for more secular recovery options, I’ve seen a series of comments saying we atheists should just get over all this … Continue reading

“When I went to AA, there was too much religion in AA.”

  By Scott Douglas Jacobsen  Roger C. is the Founder of AA Agnostica. I did not know about it, so I decided out to fill in my ignorance. Here we talk about his life, AA, the 12 steps, God, and the foundation of AA Agnostica. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is your personal … Continue reading

An Interview with Dan Bowman — SMART Recovery Facilitator, SMART Recovery

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Note: Dan is giving this interview as a SMART Recovery facilitator and not as a spokesman for the Veterans Administration.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You have an association with SMART Recovery. What is SMART Recovery? What is your relation with it as an entity? Dan Bowman: SMART, Self … Continue reading

An Interview with Shari Allwood — Executive Director of SMART Recovery

What’s your own story? How did you get into the recovery business? To be honest, in 1994, it started out as simply a part-time job. I had a full-time job, but my former boss was hired by SMART Recovery as SMART’s Executive Director, and I would work about 4–6 hours/week … Continue reading

An Interview with Chris Debo — Meeting Facilitator, SMART Recovery

  By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You have an association with SMART Recovery. What is SMART Recovery? What is your relation with it as an entity? Chris Debo: I am a meeting facilitator with SMART Recovery. I facilitate a weekly meeting in Northern California. SMART Recovery is a science-based … Continue reading

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