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A lot of people have a problem with "the God thing" when they seek recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Problems with their previous experience with religion, the way they were brought up, the way God seems to treat them - these are all things a potential member must face when they first reach the doors of A.A.
However, a potential member who has an unconventional view of a power greater than themselves has an even tougher time. Will my views be accepted? What if I don't believe in the supernatural? What if I'm a Buddhist? Or a Humanist? Or an Atheist? What's all this talk about God? Can I recover in A.A. too?
Yes, you CAN. There are many that have gone before you that have successfully maintained continuous sobriety, no matter what their beliefs or non-beliefs were. For some of us, choosing to work the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous as a non-believer made the Program more practical and more effective as a tool to change our lives for the better. Being completely honest with ourselves has given us a new freedom and a new happiness.
Our group was founded by members of various fellowships to provide a safe place for people to get sober and to stay sober. We have found that the A.A. 12 Step Program really does work for our group of drunks. We may interpret things a bit differently than traditional AA members do, but we're still members of the same club. If you have a problem with alcohol, and you can't seem to solve that problem by yourself, we know a way out. If you have a problem with "the God thing" and would like to recover, you may find what you need here. One of our members found a quote from Bill Wilson that sums it up for us:
“so long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most immoral, the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us that a new Alcoholics Anonymous Group has been formed. Anti-God, anti-medicine, anti-our recovery program, even anti-each other—these rampant individuals are still an AA group if they think so! “ - Bill W Grapevine 1946.
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