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
"My first post here BTW: The problem is that "12-step" recovery means "God-based" recovery. God is mentioned 150+ times in the Big Book. Chapter 4, "to the agnostics," just advises the reader to become God-believing a…"
"Belle, you are so right! Every person I've met since owning my atheism has helped me to balance the strengths of AA and recovery with my inner compass. It is so important for me to hear other people say that we should hesitate before giving all…"
"This Sunday will be our fourth meeting and we will have a business meeting to discuss which modified steps best fit, and the format for the meeting. The other fellow who helped start this put something in place to get us started. And even with the…"
"@Sherstin: I had no idea how cautious I'd become about expressing myself freely at other meetings!
This is the hallmark of living as an atheist isn't it? Lol....it's natural to want to "say the right thing" when you know…"
"You made my day Sherstin. I would be grateful if you could let me know how you find the book. I wish I could come to your new meeting and am inspired to consider starting one here in Melbourne. Let me know when you get to a year ok…"
"Hope I hit "reply" in the right place. First, thank you Aim, Ken and Belle for your thoughts (my apologies Aim, I was new to the site and somehow didn't see your reply).
I've ordered "Waiting" and look forward to…"
"Hey Barry I just wanted to thank you again for putting me on to "Waiting" by Marya Hornbacher. It is such a beautifully written book. I read it just about daily and am very grateful to you for letting me know about it. I hope all is well…"
"I attended AA for many years. I was young 20's at the time. I was not an Atheist back then. I was very close to death however and my alcoholism "hit bottom" you might say.
I am now an Atheist but I absolutely believe AA is…"
"Hi Sherstin. I stopped reading this discussion after a while as there seemed to be a general trend (largely from people who had no experience of AA or NA ) to discredit and criticize 12 step recovery. I am still a committed NA member who is a…"
""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…"