Having worked with addicted individuals and people “in recovery” for many, many years, I find this article of interest:
A growing wing of addiction treatment rejects the Alcoholics Anonymous model of strict abstinence as the sole form of recovery for alcohol and drug users.
I’ve seen great benefit for a lot of people in AA (and NA). But what was their alternative? AA is pretty clear that the “God” they speak of does not have to be the Judeo-Christian God. Yet, what is the implication? I’ve never heard a person in recovery talk about Buddha or Krishna or Reason as their “Higher Power.” Most AA groups meet in churches. That’s fine, but what’s the message?
I’m simply raising these questions because they have bothered me a little over the years. I have long supported people who tell me they are “going to meetings” and “doing well in recovery.” I don’t think it’s a “bad” thing at all.
However, read the article and let me know what you think.
Btw, here are some links to Non-Religious groups working with addicted persons:
And, “believe or not,” there is help for Religious Addiction:
Leo Booth (“spiritual but not religious” approach; as a young Chaplain I found his book, “When God Becomes a Drug” very helpful working with Jail Inmates)