Welcome to A Spiritual Recovery.
A Spiritual Recovery is oriented to serving secularists, humanists, naturalists, realists, rationalists, skeptics, doubters, agnostics, non-believers, non-theists, apatheists, atheists, non-conformists, freethinkers .... pretty much anyone who is likely to struggle with working a religious program of recovery that contains the words God, Him and His (i.e. the 12 Step program).
Please note: the purpose of the group is not to convert you to believe in the Power of the 12 Steps (i.e. Step Two: "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity").
"Some A.A.s come together as specialized A.A. groups—for men, women, young people, doctors, gays and others."
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:
- The A.A. Group ... Where It All Begins, page 12, This is A.A. Conference-approved literature
This is a special purpose, non-traditional, secular group focused on the primary purpose of AA, which is sobriety. It is for the population of people who want to explore methods of sobriety that are not focused on cultivating a dependance on an external Power who is greater than human beings. People who are interested in non-religious methods to stay away from the first drink (such as the non-religious sobriety methods detailed in the AA Conference Approved Living Sober text). People who might be interested in exploring Non-Religious Spirituality, which is not dependant on conscious contact with your conception of a God (i.e. Step 11: "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.").
Contrary to popular opinion, non-religious spirituality is available to those who do not have a conception of a God. Non-religious spirituality doesn't rely on coming to believe in a personal, loving God who cares about and intervenes in the life of the alcoholic. Nor does it rely on any other conception of a God. You don't even have to substitute something like a Doorknob as a conception of a God in order to have non-religious spirituality. Non-religious spirituality does not ask that a person cultivate a personal relationship with your conception of a God as a part of staying away from the first drink. For some quotes to understand what people mean about non-religious spirituality, see Quotes on non-religious spirituality
The discussion style of this A.A. group
The discussion / meeting style of this A.A. group is not God-centered. We do not have the religious elements found in many A.A. meetings. Religious elements such as reading the religious passage from the Big Book called How It Works at the beginning of the meeting, 'God-talk' during the meeting and closing the meeting with prayer.
We do discuss universal principles -- i.e. honesty, hope, acceptance, etc.-- which can be practiced by anyone as “non-religious spirituality.” The non-religious universal spiritual principles are not dependant upon "God as we understood Him" and can be applied to day to day living without His direct assistance and intervention.
The group provides conversation and information helpful to anyone who is trying to practice non-religious spiritual principles. These non-religious, universal truths and principles are a part of human experience and history and are available to all, regardless of a person’s religious belief in a deity or lack of belief in a deity. Non-religious spirituality is available to anyone.
We offer religious believers a word of caution: This group serves as a place for non-believers to be open and honest with their friends, so some may not find here the respect for the religious 12 Step program or other religious creeds that they may be accustomed to.
We ask that those who believe in the external Power of the 12 Steps not preach about Him or testify about their belief in His Power to prevent them from picking up the first drink. There are many other groups available on the internet which provide the opportunity for people to testify about their belief in the external Power of the 12 Steps.
Information about the group's meeting format
The group has topic meetings. At any time a volunteer can initiate a topic meeting. The volunteer posts the topic to the web forum.
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 may respond to a post 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 in the local community has a specific meeting time and meeting time duration.
Is this group's meeting Open or Closed? It is Closed
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 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.
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