Context of the question: I am a nursing student that was given a case study of alcoholism. The subject of the study claims to be atheist.

 

Question: What are some therapeutic options for alcoholism (including physical dependance) that would be acceptable to an atheist? (Side question, should atheist be capitalized like Deaf person is?)

 

I can defend my reasoning why the client should not be required to attend AA. I need other treatment options that would be acceptable that do not include the 12 steps.

 

Thank you.

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There is a secular offshoot of AA that includes the 12 steps.  They just reword then in a way that is consistent with atheism.

 

There are also groups like Rational Recovery that have totally different programs, but actually better rates of success. 

 

Groups help, but it has a lot more to do with the person's commitment and involvement than it does the exact method they use

 

http://godlessconservative.com

There is an organisation called AdAction who do not specialise in one area of addiction treatment and are purportedly atheist friendly.  There are treatment centres in most large cities.

 

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