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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 AnonymousBTW, 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 AlternativesSober WithOut Gods(is there more?)
Two secular recovery organizations people mentioned:
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