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Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Jan 14, 2011. 22 Replies

So I am a "recovering" alcoholic, been sober for almost 3 years, ironically AA is what led me to Atheism even though it is very religious in nature (at least in San Antonio, TX) about 2 years into…Continue

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James Dopson liked William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
Aug 30, 2012
William Frederick Gaskins replied to Dr. Ned Kelly's discussion I'm a recovering alcoholic, an atheist, and AA works in the group Atheists, Addictions, 12 Step Recovery, and Alternatives
"AKron,   I know exactly how you feel, after almost 3 years of no drinking, daily attendance of AA meetings and no belief in any Higher Power I got fed up and simply stopped attending AA.  I was nervous about this because in AA all I ever…"
Jun 2, 2011
AgeOfAtheists14 replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"at least it's not DUI meetup! folks get screwed so bad in life over one occurance (as if religion does not do enough damage...   welcome to the new world of ours the old one is just fear, phobias and prohibition let the hilter sympathizers…"
Jan 14, 2011
Lyra Silvertongue replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"Actually, that is a thing that people persistently say for whatever reason (I would guess an attempt at humility). The book does say, "we have recovered." Also Bill in his Grapevine writings (in the book Language of the Heart) uses the…"
Jan 13, 2011
William Frederick Gaskins replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"I am still here, still sober, haven't been to a meeting in over 6 months, recently back in school and got a 4.0 last semester, love my job and am as happy as anyone else, in other words pretty normal.  No urge to drink and absolutely NO…"
Jan 13, 2011
Jo Jerome replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"Felch - you describe AA well. On the other hand, I've had a lot of family go through it and have seen it work wonders (my uncle helped form Gay AA in Minneapolis). As a child, I was always a bit torn between the extreme…"
Jul 3, 2010
Jo Jerome replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"The psychology textbook I'm learning out of right now says that most people quit addiction on their own just fine without a group. That groups definitely help for some, definitely have their positive place, but don't fall into the trap of…"
Jul 3, 2010
William Frederick Gaskins replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"Congrats to your brother on staying sober, my question is how is inner strength a Higher Power. why call it a higher power? why not call it "inner strength" From my own experience in AA being one of the people who used to call his higher…"
Jun 18, 2010
ETres replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"My brother - a fellow atheist - was helped tremendously by AA. He's now a proponent of the program. When he began AA, he had a BIG problem with the Higher Power aspect that he didn't think he'd be able to resolve. He could probably…"
Jun 18, 2010
Michael replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"I doubt all areas have groups like this available, but I live in the Tampa area, and we have a organization called "Secular Organizations for Sobriety" (SOS). No gods needed. http://www.sostampabay.org/"
Jun 17, 2010
Adam replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"I suspect that the AA success rate of 5% is right around the rate of success of people who quit cold turkey without and groups/counciling. It's a bunch of religious dogma masquerading as legitamate help. I've tried the AA bit and found the…"
Jun 17, 2010
William Frederick Gaskins replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"I know, I am just lazy...."
Jun 16, 2010
Little Name Atheist replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"There's a 15 minute window in which you can edit your most recent comment. Just click inside the yellow bit that shows up just after you post."
Jun 16, 2010
Фелч Гроган replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"It goes way beyond that. It demands you accept the you are hopelessly broken and incurable, and all you can do is hold the addiction at bay via faith and continuous, religious attendance of meetings. Ask any AA believer and they will say they are…"
Jun 16, 2010
William Frederick Gaskins replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"yep.... then they drop that pretty quick in the "big book" and just refer to God"
Jun 16, 2010
Anders Svenneby replied to William Frederick Gaskins's discussion Alcoholics Anonymous and Atheism
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't AA require you to believe in "some higher being"?"
Jun 16, 2010

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At 6:21pm on April 11, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi William Frederick. Welcome to this friendly place where we recognise that gods are phoney and religions are frauds used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.

Terry Meaden
founder of the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 260 discussion topics. We invite you to join us.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
At 5:47pm on April 11, 2010, Courtney Cone said…
YAAAAAAY!!! You're on here too!
At 2:56am on April 11, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
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