Secular Recovery Online Meetings for Atheists, Agnostics, & Freethinkers
Secular Recovery Online Meetings for Atheists, Agnostics, & Freethinkers
AA Agnostica is meant to be a helping hand for the alcoholic who reaches out to Alcoholics Anonymous for help and finds that she or he is disturbed by the religious content of many AA meetings. AA Agnostica is not affiliated with any group in AA or any other organization.
AA Beyond Belief was a website and podcast that served the community of agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, and all others who seek a secular path of recovery within Alcoholics Anonymous. The stories that are presented here reflect the broad and varied experience of those who choose to walk the secular path in AA, and all of the content found here was created by secular members of AA.
Welcome to Rebellion Dogs Publishing, home to Rebellion Dogs Radio, Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life and a community for freethinkers in recovery.
Our mission is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs or deny their own. Secular AA does not endorse or oppose any form of religion or belief system and operates in accordance with the Third Tradition of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program: “the only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking”
Secular NA is intended to support a secular, non-religious approach to NA recovery. This is a collaborative effort among non-religious secular Narcotics Anonymous groups and members who support a non-sectarian, approach to recovery and the 12-step program. We, Secular NA members, seek to bring together information and resources for recovering addicts worldwide. It’s not always easy for non-religious people to feel comfortable in NA meetings.
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. 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.
LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of illicit or non-medically indicated drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people. Many LifeRing members attend other kinds of meetings or recovery programs, and we honor those decisions. Some have had negative experiences in attempting to find help elsewhere, but most people soon find that LifeRing’s emphasis on the positive, practical present-day can turn anger and despair into hope and resolve. LifeRing respectfully embraces what works for each individual.
LifeRing believes you DO have the power to overcome your addiction. It’s hard, there are often setbacks, but in every addict there exists the desire to find lasting sobriety. We think of that as the Sober Self. With addiction, that part of us has been beaten down and relegated to a corner of our brains, but it’s still there. We also have an Addict Self that wants to control our decision-making and lead us to use the substance that is wrecking our lives.
Recovery Dharma is a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together. Our program uses the Buddhist practices of meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community as tools for recovery and healing. We believe that recovery is about finding our own inner wisdom and our own path. We believe that the traditional Buddhist teachings, often referred to as the Dharma, offer a powerful approach to healing from addiction and living a life of true freedom.
Our program is based on the idea that every one of us is our own guide in recovery from addiction, with the help and understanding of our wise friends and sangha (community). We believe that’s what the Dharma teaches us. So it’s with great joy and excitement that we come together to build this recovery community and support structure, informed by the spirit of democracy.
The Sober She Devils is an international secular online women’s meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This is a closed meeting of AA, welcoming any woman who has a desire to stop drinking. We recognize that not everyone believes in god or even a higher power; we want to create a safe place for women to express themselves regardless of their world views, beliefs, religion, spiritual experience, or rejection of them. Sober She Devil meetings are for those who identify as WOMEN ONLY.
In 2017, John S. of Beyond Belief Recovery (then known as “AA Beyond Belief”) hosted a secular Zoom meeting at 1 PM Eastern on Sunday afternoon (AABeyondBelief.org). A group of women attending those meetings started having informal chats following the meetings. During one of the post-meeting chats, one of them exclaimed, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a secular women’s meeting?” Shortly thereafter, it happened! The first online secular women’s AA meeting was hosted on August 26, 2017. Then, on January 29, 2018, the Sober She-Devils name was adopted.
SMART Recovery is an abstinence-oriented, not-for-profit organization for individuals with addictive problems. Our self-empowering, free mutual support meetings focus on ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. SMART Recovery does not use labels like “addict” or “alcoholic.” We teach scientifically validated methods designed to empower you to change and to develop a more positive lifestyle. After you have become familiar with SMART and are free of any addictive behavior, we encourage you to become a volunteer, so that we can keep expanding the number of meetings we offer.
Addictive behaviors can serve a purpose — to cope with life’s problems and emotional upsets. There can be drawbacks, however: while addictive behaviors may be effective coping methods in the short term, but they may cause harmful problems in the long term.
In SMART we focus on learning coping skills that work well short- and long-term. We base our ideas on what addiction science has shown to be effective. We have adapted these ideas into SMART’s tools for change. We are not much concerned with the past, except to learn from it. We focus on present-day events and the causes of self-destructive behaviors. We concentrate on what to do about them to achieve a positive lifestyle change, especially in the areas of our lives that are related to harmful addictive behavior.
Note: To attend SMART Recovery meetings, you will need to register on their website.
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