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.
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
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.