#218 – Episode 218 – The Concept of a Higher Power with Dr. Peg O’Connor


Veronica meets with philosopher Dr. Peg O’Connor, author of ‘Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering‘. They discuss what spirituality is and how they interpret the 12 steps, why spirituality is essential to sobriety and how it can also block people in sobriety.

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About Dr. Peg O’Conner

Peg O’Connor, PhD, is a recovering alcoholic of 34 years and has been a Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN for 27 years. She believes that philosophy helped her to get and remain sober. She avoided Alcoholics Anonymous for the first 20 years of her sobriety because of the concept of a “higher power.” Dr. O’Connor is the author of the new book, Higher and Friendly Powers: Transforming Addiction and Suffering (Wildhouse Publications, 2022) and Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery (Central Recovery Press, 2016). She also writes a column, “Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken,” for Psychology Today that has nearly 2,000,000 total views and select columns have appeared in the print publication.

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