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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 30, 2013 at 11:21am

Hear, hear!

I remember reading about this a few years ago. Research found that spiritual guidance took longer to help drug addicts than secular psychotherapy, and that people in the spiritual group were [temporarily] significantly more anxious and depressed after four months. "Those problems abated at about the eight-month point, but because substance abusers are at high risk for suicide, some worry that it may not be a good idea to put them through demanding spiritual calisthenics in the early months of their recovery."

As a contributor to Friendly Atheist summarized, "Simply put, programs without God/superstition worked better than programs with God/superstition."

Friendly Atheist: Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous
BTW, one commenter there is a theist who feels AA trivializes God, and therefore prefers an atheist group (SMART Recovery)!

Here on A|N (not very active recently):
Atheists, Addictions, 12 Step Recovery, and Alternatives
Sober WithOut Gods
(is there more?)

Two secular recovery organizations people mentioned:

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2013 at 8:21pm




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