Would an Atheist Drug Addict Have Issues With the NA or AA 12 Step Program?

Question by Diver Down: Would an atheist drug addict have issues with the NA or AA 12 step program?
part of the program to recovery is believing that a “higher power” will help you. But what if you don’t believe? and you want “recovery”?
One thing that is frowned upon in these programs is referring to a “God”, the word is just Higher Power, it is open to the individual to interpet. They didn’t pray either, we all just merely admitted that we had issues that we wanted resolved. Their is no religion in the program, if it is handle by the 12 step “book”.
Has anyone who answered ever been to a meeting?

Best answer:

Answer by Julien
We’re scientifically minded people. I doubt we’d ever become slaves to Alcohol or drugs. At least, no Atheist I’ve ever known would.
But instead of a higher-power, we’d have to look to the best in ourselves.

I believe there actually is a secular Alcohol/Drug program. Give me a minute and I’ll look it up.

Just skimming around the Internet I pretty much came to the realization that 99% of alcohol/drug programs are a bunch of lunatics.
For one thing I had no idea that Narconon is a Scientology front.
Your question gets a star from me just because I learned that fact.

Still looking…

The only one I found was this:
International. Founded 1999. Secular community of persons who are building lives free of dependency on alcohol and other drugs. Group activities are not associated with religion or spirituality. Members practice complete abstinence from alcohol and other addicting drugs. Peer support, literature, information, referrals, and advocacy activities. Guidelines available for starting similar groups. Large online email support group and several smaller special interest groups (women, weight loss, stop smoking, etc). Online chats, forum. Publishes sobriety literature.
LifeRing Secular Recovery
1440 Broadway, Suite 312
Oakland, CA 94612-2029
Voice: 1-800-811-4142 or 510-763-0779
Website: http://www.unhooked.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 09/19/2006

I can’t vouch for them, but they aren’t a religious group.
I know I saw a few years ago a group that was an alcohol/drug recovery group that made a point of not being a religious brainwashing cult but for the life of me I can’t remember the name. It seemed back then it was probably a pretty small group that was technically a national group but probably only had like 5 people per state. I’m really annoyed that I can’t remember the name.

Either way, after looking into all of this it made me realize – why is it that SO many of these groups are religiously based? Is it that they just looking to brainwash people in their weakest moments? Or is it that the believer types are overwhelmingly the ones who the addicts? I hadn’t thought about it before, but I think it might be a bit of both.

Ah ha! I finally found it:
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (Save Ourselves)
International. 20000 members. Founded 1986. Mutual help for alcoholics and addicts who want to acknowledge their addiction and maintain sobriety as a separate issue from religion or spirituality. Newsletter. Guidelines and assistance available for starting groups. Real-time online chats and e-groups available.
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
Voice: 323-666-4295
Fax: 323-666-4271
Website: http://www.cfiwest.org/sos
E-mail: [email protected]
Verified: 09/12/2006


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