im currently battling a drinking problem and have a week of sobriety under my belt and attending a group called path ways which is non religious. but my counselor quotes AA and recommends it to me just to go just to take in what other people are going through but the thing about AA is they really can not leave well enough alone and a meeting starts to quickly feel like a church gathering, about four people in the group that i attend have told me that they feel uncomfortable with AA and will not go. AA is one of Manny groups or sights that is christian but tries and passes it self off as an open minded all are welcome group it is not. it is reported that AA has a high failure rate and i can see why you are going through mental hell and overcoming a life threatening addiction and you are getting god shoved down your throat instead of booze you wind up feeling so dejected after one of these meetings that you want to give in to drink just to drown out all that depressing rhetoric. so as in atheist i do not recommend AA and will not ever attend a meeting. it would not be so bad if AA would just cop to it trade alcohol for religion and coffee the latter in which i love. so i will attend my path ways program and i will work on projects to keep my mind busy its to bad that there are not any alternatives for AA in my town i have to go to Seattle to attend a non religious recovery meeting. it is ridiculous that AA has such a monopoly on the sober game things definitely need to change i for one am taking my stand and staying sobriety with out a higher power.