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Are all 12 step programs reliant on a higher power?

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Asked: 2018-12-27 19:24:09
I don't really believe in god or Allah or anything like that. But it seems like all the AA meetings are based on a belief in a creator of some sort. Is there a 12 step program for me?


Answered: 2019-01-02 18:09:46

Nope. There are plenty of AA groups for atheists, agnostics and others who haven't found God yet. The point of AA is to be your best sober self with or without God.


Answered: 2019-01-31 17:28:52

Bella, I am so glad you asked this question. Sometimes, with substance abuse addiction the brain is so corrupt in the respect of dependent on your drug of choice that faith, in general, is what is needed to overcome cravings and triggers. For many, having faith that they will recover from heroin or meth is what people need when all their brain wants is to get high. In your situation, where faith in a creator may not be enough there is a program called SMART recovery. Here is the website, but in case you just want a brief overview i will break it down a little bit. https://www.smartrecovery.org/about-us/ SMART recovery does not use labels like 'addict' or 'alcoholic' and instead of faith in higher power or creator, they teach common sense when it comes to recover and remain abstinent. In a SMART Recovery program they focus empowering through motivation, personal empowerment in refusing to act on triggers and urges, healthy coping mechanisms in managing stress or life problems without relapse or using, and developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle in recovery. They also are a non-profit organization that has a rich online community of peers also refraining from substance abuse. You should check them out and see if they are right for you and your recovery. Bella, if you have anymore questions, please feel free to continue to ask questions.

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