12 step programs and a "Higher Power"
I been attending AA meeting for over 3 years...and I've sober the whole time. AA says it has no opinion on religion...but, if I said from the podium that I'm an atheist, I have no doubt that I would be shunned. I've made some friends that, like me, don't really talk about our beliefs.
Why is reliance on a "Higher Power" needed to get over an addiction? At first I needed to see others like myself that had overcome alcohol..but, at the end of the day, I did it..no invisible guy.
How does the state get away with forcing people to go to 12 step programs that have a lot of pressure to accept a "Higher Power?"....I heard a woman share yesterday that if you don't find God, you're doomed to relapse...