Everyone’s an Addict

My latest offering, Everyone’s an Addict, is much more than 366 daily inspirational entries; it is bursting with detailed practical tips on how to tackle addictions from a secular viewpoint. (This means freedom of religion, or non-religion, for all. Readers can choose from either the traditional steps or god-free alternatives for six of the 12.)

The proposition is that everyone is an addict of one kind or another, if not to the major league isms – alcohol, drugs, food, gambling and sex – or the second division clutter, hoarding, shopping, video games and work; then to the minor league smoking, Sudoku, TV shows and the like – something. Addiction robs us of time that would be better spent in improving our own lives and, as a by-product, other people’s.

Wishing all steppers a long and happy recovery. VH

Vince Hawkins - Everyone's an addict

Vince Hawkins
residing in Valencia, Spain, 2018

Vince Hawkins - An Atheists Guide to AA

Vince Hawkins – St Petersburg, 2009

Twelve Steps to Self-improvement

If I could broaden the scope of AA, why not other 12 step programs and even suggest a new one, Bad Behavers Anonymous or BB, for non-addicts who want to achieve self-improvement? Why shouldn’t they attain contented lives as decently functioning human beings?
So I have tweaked the 12 steps yet again and hope the net will widen further.
I have something in common with Bill W, the co-founder of AA who was a researcher of companies with shares listed on Wall Street. I was an investment analyst working for stockbrokers at one time, too. Though I’m just a follower, rather than a groundbreaker, it comforts me to think our thought processes might not be entirely dissimilar.

Wishing all steppers a long and happy recovery. VH

An Atheists Unofficial Guide to AA

The author is an atheist and member of Alcoholics Anonymous who had not had a drink for more than 17 years as at the end of 2015. While he has got the program in spite of the god references in AA’s 12 steps and Big Book, he has encountered many agnostics and atheists who have been put off by them.
As a freelance journalist and business analyst he has applied his mind to outlining ways in which they, too, can adapt the AA program to their beliefs, thus bringing many more who have a problem with alcohol into the AA fold.
Please Visit www.alcoholics12steps.com for more information.
Hopefully some will be saved who would have perished and many will stop drinking sooner than they would have done otherwise, thus saving themselves and people around them from the harm inflicted by years of further drinking alcoholically.

Vince is also a life member of the British Humanist Association.

Vince Hawkins - An Atheists Guide to AA

Vince Hawkins – Ubud, Bali, 2009