I have been a member of Narcotics Anonymous for 24 years and have stayed clean for that time. I have always had problems with the need for a Higher Power. My question is how do you (as an atheist)…Continue
""How do you, as an atheist, find peace amid the struggles and suffering of life?"
I've applied deductive reasoning skills throughout my sobriety.
When I'm going through anything difficult, I look at the fact that…"
"Hello. I'm brand new to the site, and want to add some thoughts and questions. First, I'm very interested to know if Ken has any updates or insights since writing the original post?
I've been going to AA for awhile, sober 10 months. I…"
"That was always my problem with AA and NA. I never could do things by the book and as a result I felt I was looked down upon. I realized early on that I needed to learn some things from them but I didn't want to be going to meetings…"
"You're awesome Simon....I wish your friend well....and no offense about the chain smoking, it's just that many alcoholics really do need that to get them through, in the beginning. I don't smoke, but I probably shouldn't make…"
"@Belle - you might be surprised what the right kind of love can do for a person. Pain that is worked through becomes a strength, I think. I agree that you have to do 90% of the work yourself. Discipline, strength, self-reliance and…"
"I agree Simon, that isolation is not good...not at all...but there's a difference between being isolated, and depending on other people or deities to solve our life's problems and to wipe away our addictions and our sorrows, and our…"
"@Belle - I think we all need something outside ourselves. We're not meant to be stuck away and isolated. I've read a lot about finding "meaning" by working with a wider network of people on some kind of project. …"
"I remember in the not so distant past Ray that I didn't believe you when you said that...another discussion of course....Now I unequivocally, without hesitation, or doubt...have to say...YES!!!!!!! SO TRUE!!!!
I know a woman who has been sober…"
"There is zero science behind AA . It's methods haven't changed since their inception in 1937 . AA is a cult that is probably causing more harm than good , and it's entrenchment in the mainstream as a treatment for dependency and…"
"According to A.A, if you're not continuously sober, working the 12 steps, have found God, working with the new comer, and consistently going to meetings, you're not truly sober.
The majority of the fellowship considers sober alcoholics…"
"I've noticed a lot of people throwing around the 5% success rate figure. I'm not sure if this is completely accurate. There's a lot of people who go in an out of AA throughout their entire lives and have years of sobriety in between…"
"I wouldn't be so quick to say that the program works.
The evidence says otherwise.
If it "worked," the success rate would be higher.
That said, I'll have 30 years sober on Halloween.
I did A.A for the first 19 years.
"Yes. Once Batman was addicted to a drug called Venom. He lived in his cave going through withdrawals, growing a beard, and he kicked the habit. His Higher Power was called Willpower, and all 12 of the steps were Discipline."