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An Atheists view of the 12-steps

Started this discussion. Last reply by archaeopteryx Oct 3, 2012. 23 Replies

I am a long-time clinician that specializes in the treatment of addictive disorders.  I am looking for input from members in this community about how they might view the 12-steps.  I got sober in AA…Continue

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Atheist, Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
About Me:
Social work nerd, quite pro-choice, gay friendly,, culturally Jewish, live in Seattle, raised in NY.

I can wrap my brain around the ideals of compassion, charity, good steed, etc, but I don't attribute that to any sort of deity. While I haven't attended synagogue for a long time, I like the culture of the Jews, community, etc.

I've never caught the travel bug,,,as my grandparents spent time in Auschwitz I want to go visit. She gave me a verbal map of the number of steps to various places in the camp. When my grandparents were sent to the camps they were separated. My grandfather told my grandmother that they would see each other again. My grandmother wanted to believe him, but knowing about the atrocities of the nazi regime she knew that most couples were never reunited. When the red army liberated Auschwitz in 1945 my grandparents found each other. My grandmother never doubted grandfather again..he has what I like to call 'money in the trust bank'
Why are you here?
Connection, community..... It's nice to be surrounded by like minded peeps.
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Why you left your religion.
I've never had a connection..I really wanted that as so many people talked of all of the wondrous things they received by having 'faith".... hey Jim, you beat your wife and you go to're absolved and such a good christian.

I have been sober for quite some time. Before I stopped attending 12-step meetings I noticed how many people were always giving away their success in their life/sobriety to a higher power...and I also noticed that many of these folks had really low esteem....they were never able to make the connection that by owning the work they did to stay sober might have an effect on how they viewed themselves and the world.

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At 3:27pm on September 1, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…
Thank you for adding me to your friends, totally makes me happy. Nice to meet you!
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