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22-03-2013, 06:39 PM
RE: AA - Atheists and Alcoholism
(17-03-2013 12:37 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  A person on a blog a white back, while he was attending AA said it was like a cult. He is a nonbeliever and hated all the higher power talk, until he just started Thumbsup saying he was his own higher power.

Yup, and there you have it. Thumbsup

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09-07-2016, 04:22 PM
RE: AA - Atheists and Alcoholism
Bump

I'm an alcoholic and need help

I think the higher power part works for them via placebo effect

No one should be court assigned AA

The people at AA seem kind

I know with all certainty there is no interventionist higher power

No higher power at all

But this is life or death serious for me

I need help
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09-07-2016, 06:45 PM (This post was last modified: 09-07-2016 06:50 PM by Chas.)
RE: AA - Atheists and Alcoholism
(09-07-2016 04:22 PM)ImFred Wrote:  Bump

I'm an alcoholic and need help

I think the higher power part works for them via placebo effect

No one should be court assigned AA

The people at AA seem kind

I know with all certainty there is no interventionist higher power

No higher power at all

But this is life or death serious for me

I need help

I am an atheist and have always been. In October, I will be 25 years sober and I got sober in AA.

I found AA groups that were largely secular and most of us considered the group our higher power. It's group therapy, it's real, and it works.
If you find yourself at an uncomfortably religious meeting, find a different one. If the group has a bunch of Bible thumpers, find another group.
I made no secret of my atheism in AA and I make no secret of my alcoholism here.

If you want to talk about it privately, you are welcome to PM me.
However, I have no problem sharing this openly because it can help people in your situation.

Skepticism is not a position; it is an approach to claims.
Science is not a subject, but a method.
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09-07-2016, 07:03 PM
RE: AA - Atheists and Alcoholism
I'm an alcoholic. I am on my phone at work right now, which makes long posting a PITA, but I will relate my experiences with addiction and recovery when I get home.

Thanks for starting this thread.
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09-07-2016, 07:11 PM
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(09-07-2016 06:45 PM)Chas Wrote:  I am an atheist and have always been. In October, I will be 25 years sober and I got sober in AA.
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However, I have no problem sharing this openly because it can help people in your situation.

Ditto. Except I ain't sober.

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Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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09-07-2016, 08:40 PM
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(09-07-2016 07:11 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(09-07-2016 06:45 PM)Chas Wrote:  I am an atheist and have always been. In October, I will be 25 years sober and I got sober in AA.
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However, I have no problem sharing this openly because it can help people in your situation.

Ditto. Except I ain't sober.

Try it - you'll like it. Dodgy

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09-07-2016, 08:46 PM
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(09-07-2016 08:40 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(09-07-2016 07:11 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Ditto. Except I ain't sober.

Try it - you'll like it. Dodgy

I've tried it. I find it intolerably boring and tedious.

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09-07-2016, 08:48 PM
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(09-07-2016 08:46 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(09-07-2016 08:40 PM)Chas Wrote:  Try it - you'll like it. Dodgy

I've tried it. I find it intolerably boring and tedious.

That's what all the drunks say until they actually get sober. Drinking Beverage

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09-07-2016, 08:53 PM
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(09-07-2016 08:46 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(09-07-2016 08:40 PM)Chas Wrote:  Try it - you'll like it. Dodgy

I've tried it. I find it intolerably boring and tedious.

Anhedonia is a bitch, no doubt. But for me, the good so outweighs the bad.
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09-07-2016, 08:55 PM
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Very generous of you to offer, Chas. I too am sober for 26 years now.
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