Sober WithOut Gods


Sober WithOut Gods

S.W.O.G is a sobriety support group for atheists, agnostics, and free-thinkers. We reject faith healing and the religious dogma of the 12 step approach to treating addiction.

Members: 26
Latest Activity: Feb 25, 2017

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Reasons for not choosing AA?

Started by itsmerrydeath. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 25, 2017. 1 Reply

I am coming up on 7 years sober this April. I remember when I first quit, the advice was immediately to start attending AA, and after a few months the response turned to shock that I never went to…Continue

how to over come relapse and doubt

Started by Azel Praer. Last reply by Azel Praer Jun 5, 2011. 2 Replies

so as someone who has issues with sobriety and wants to stay on track how do you cope when you fall off the wagon? and how do you process the guilt? and get back up again?

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Comment by Cay Small on August 22, 2012 at 6:33pm

Ia a person addicted to alcohol.I have tapered down and am on the verge of quitting. Would love to talk with fellow athiests who are developing a good quality sober life. Thanks

Comment by John S on February 18, 2012 at 1:36am

Hi, just looking for fellow recovering alcoholics who are also atheists. I've been sober in AA for 23 years and over the past several years I have been questioning whether or not I really believe in a God. Recently, wthin the last couple of months I came to terms that I am in fact an atheist, and happily so. I have no desire to believe or to even pretend to believe in that crap again.

That being said, I still love AA, it's such a huge part of who I am. Almost half my life has been spent in AA and I do enjoy it.

I've reconciled my lack of belief in a deity or any supernatural beings for that matter with the program. I can work the steps with AA as my higher power. I can meditate but I don't pray. If I choose to recite the serenity prayer, it's nothing more than a poem I recite  to calm myself.

There is only one other atheist who I know of at my home group and he's the only person with whom I've confided. I have not told my sponsor, my sponsee or anyone else in the group. I think I will need to do that, just to be honest with everyone, but for some reason I am reluctant to "come out" as it were.

This doesn't look like a very active group, but if I thought I would take a chance at connecting with a like-minded person.

Comment by mike h. on June 5, 2011 at 4:19pm
We do recover!! I have been sober 25 yrs. Been going to AA for 32. I always had a pit in my stomach with the higher power deal, but I was so desperate, I tried everything, from getting dunked, spit on, you name it, I did it to try and find one LOL. After 17 years, I finally came out of the closet in AA. I did not do the prayers, told them I was atheist. I was an old timer then, so many still used my knowledge. Many others said for others to stay away from me, and that THEY WOULD PRAY for me...Yea LOL...Well, I finally broke free from AA. I found it to be, after all those years, atleats the groups I went to, to be a big mental nut ward, patting each other on the back, nomatter how they acted. No real honesty, jus enabling each other to stay sick "minded"....Find someone who is hard with the truth, and honesty...All we be fine. After some time goes by, it will be just like someone you knew back then, and your new life will be wonderful, with the valleys in between....
Comment by Azel Praer on May 28, 2011 at 3:38am
why is there not more activity on here?
Comment by Evolver on May 24, 2011 at 10:39am
My husband has a drinking problem and is agnostic. He can't stand the whole AA scene. Thanks for this group. When he's ready to ask for help, I'll at least be able to show him SWOG.

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