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Can Atheists and Agnostics Stay Sober?

Can Atheists and Agnostics Stay Sober?

Aug 21, 2018 | QA, Sobriety

Anyone who has the appropriate tools for their personal recovery from drug and alcohol recovery can stay sober. Some people find that becoming a member in a 12-Step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can give them the guiding force they need in a Higher Power to help them to stay sober. Then there are others who want to stay sober but find that the spiritual talk that a 12-Step program divulges in can be unappealing to their agnostic or atheist nature. Rest assured that there are secular alternatives to accommodate agnostics and atheists who also need a place to relate to in recovery.  

AA Agnostica

Persons who still want to work the 12-Steps without a spiritual connotation can become a member of AA Agnostica or AA Secular. The mantra they live by is to “not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism”. This fellowship allows members find their sobriety in the 12 Steps without having to understand anyone’s belief or deny their own.


Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is dedicated to helping anyone who wants to stay sober from drugs and alcohol a chance at a new life in recovery without religion or spirituality. The group uses each other as the biggest support to help them to stay on the path of sobriety and offers diversity to the members to promote personal responsibility for their recovery.

SMART Recovery

Instead of spirituality, the program uses a 4-point program that directs a person in recovery to self-reliance, self-empowerment, and self-directed help. The group uses a scientific approach to staying sober, so their information and techniques evolve as more research becomes available.

LifeRing Secular Recovery

By providing peer support with one another, members are able to aid each other in their recovery to advocate personal growth. By sharing strategies of total abstinence together, they live by being sober, secular, and self-directed in their methods.

Women for Sobriety

Affirmations are the backbone of this abstinence-based secular program. 13 affirmations are used to entrust females to take a different approach than what men may need in their recovery. By tackling the emotional issues that plague women, they can boost their self-esteem for empowerment over alcohol and drugs.  

Someone who is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol and feels the need to find a support group, should be obliged to try something that suits their best interest regarding their faith even with agnostics and atheists. No one should be alone in their walk in recovery. Finding the appropriate option to put someone on the path to recovery is instrumental to ensure long-term sobriety.

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