"Some A.A.s come together as specialized A.A. groups—for men, women, young people, doctors, gays and others."
Welcome to A Spiritual Recovery.
A Spiritual Recovery is oriented to serving secularists, humanists, naturalists, realists, rationalists, skeptics, doubters, non-believers, non-theists, apatheists, agnostics, atheists, non-conformists, individualists, freethinkers .... pretty much anyone who is likely to struggle with working a personal program of recovery that contains the words God, Him and His.
Is this a real A.A. group?
Yes! A.A. has a long history of special interest groups. A.A.'s Conference-approved Literature says:
Information about the group's meeting format
The group has topic meetings. At any time a volunteer can initiate a topic meeting. The volunter posts the topic to the web forum. Members may respond to the topic whenever they wish. The web forum is open 24 hours a day x 7 days a week. In contrast, a walk-in face to face meeting has a specific meeting time.
In addition to the topic meetings, members may start other discussions as well, such as how a person's week is going or concerns, problems and issues which have arisen, whatever might be on their minds. Members may also tell their story, similar to a speaker meeting. Members who are already participants in a topic meeting may participate in the other discussions too.
More about the meeting style of this A.A. group
This style of A.A. meeting is not God-centered. We do not have the religious elements found in many A.A. meetings. Religious elements such as reading How It Works at the beginning of the meeting, 'God-talk' during the meeting and closing the meeting with prayer.
Universal spiritual principles -- i.e. honesty, hope, acceptance, etc.-- can be practiced by anyone as “non-religious spirituality.” Spiritual truths are part of human experience and history and are available to all, regardless of a person’s religion or religious beliefs about God.
This group explores universal spiritual principles, discusses non-religious spirituality that is not dependant upon "God as we understood Him" and how to apply spiritual principles in day to day living without His direct assistance and intervention. The group provides conversation and information helpful to anyone who is trying to work a personalized program of recovery based on universal spiritual principles. Non-religious spirituality is available to anyone.
Is this group's meeting Open or Closed? It is Closed
What about Anonymity and Confidentiality?
All of the conversations for this group are private, meaning that the members’ names and messages are not accessible through the general Internet, or to search engines. Because it's private, joining requires an approval by the group administrator (largely a formality). Joining a google group can seem a bit daunting, but it’s very easy. That’s accomplished by clicking below on the "Join" which takes you to the group login where you can click the “Join this Group” button.
Join the A Spiritual Recovery group
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No Outside Affiliation
This group is not affiliated with any outside organization.
"Any group of alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group provided that, as a group, they have no other purpose or affiliation."
- The A.A. Group ... Where It All Begins, page 12, A.A. Conference-approved literature
What happens at an A.A. meeting?
An A.A. meeting may take one of several forms, but at any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what drinking did to their lives and personalities, what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today.
- A Newcomer Asks.... , Page 3, This is A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature