Twelve Secular Steps: An Addiction Recovery Guide is a guidebook primarily for agnostics, atheists, and others who seek recovery from active addiction in 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, yet their belief systems lean more towards self-accountability rather than reliance on the direct actions of God or a spiritual Higher Power.
This secular adaptation of the 12 Step approach neither promotes nor rejects religion and spirituality. Instead, the program is simplified into common sense actions any recovering addict (alcoholic) can take here and now to achieve sobriety. The adapted methodologies are grounded in a biology-based understanding of both addiction and the recovery process.
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I will always be grateful to the fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, especially those experienced members who were there for me in when I first reached out for help. They welcomed me as an agnostic and helped me work the Steps in way that was effective without dependence on God’s intervention. This book is meant for those who would also choose this path, and it is written with these goals in mind:
- Complement the traditional, faith-based viewpoints of addiction and recovery with secular, biology-based ones.
- Provide a secular version of the Twelve Steps that prioritizes personal accountability over divine or supernatural intervention.
- Provide unconditional acceptance of agnostics, atheists, and those of faith who do not hold God (or a generic Higher Power) accountable for their recovery.
I hope these revisions help to create a simplified, yet effective, recovery framework that neither rejects nor promotes religion. It simply focuses on sobriety.