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Non-religious alternative to 12 steps

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Does anyone know of a non-religious alternative to the 12 steps program?

I would say I have a problem, rather than an addiction, but I would like to find I groups I can talk this through with without being told the only answer s finding god.

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Im in SAA and all i do is replace god with my family. They talk about the higher power and what them means to me as an individual. I dont believe in god but i do believe in family and its family that gets me through this.

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The biggest alternative to 12 steps is probably the SMART program. Not only is it non-spiritual, it takes a very scientific look at recovery. Instead of the 12-step mantra of "I am powerless to stop" it flips the script to say, "I am the only one who has the power to make myself stop."

Whether it's a problem or an addiction, you may also want to find a therapist who has expertise in addiction. There's a reason you use beyond "it makes me feel better" and I found that once I went to an addiction specialist and begin to understand why I used, I was able to walk away from the rigorous dogma of the 12-step programs. Being able to talk 1-on-1 to somebody was like packing 10 12-step meetings into an hour. I appreciate their success rate, but like you, had some issues with the God stuff and cookie-cutter way it looked at addiction. Good luck to you.

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