Secular AA: design & build your individual program
This is the final piece in Vince’s collection of addiction busters comprising a choice of one of three handbooks plus the complementary As Vince Sees It (Kindle ebook) or Everyone’s An Addict (paperback) daily reader – the same book. Secular AA underlines the importance of meetings, which we cannot do without. And so many online meetings have blossomed thanks to the COVID crisis, that no one need do without a meeting due to geographical isolation. No one need do without a sponsor for the same reason. On the other hand, many members believe that traditional AA sponsorship puts too much influence in the hands of amateurs. But the underlying comcept of the program outlined in Secular AA is for the member to choose the elements they wish to make up their own program and leave the rest.
If their definition of spiritual has to be synonymous with religion, then they can dispense with spirituality. However the book outlines a concept of non-religious spirituality, giving examples such as the wonderful togetherness addicts feel in their meetings when they share an understanding of each other’s addiction. There is no complulsion to do the steps either. This may come as a huge relief to many members who might have viewed stepwork as unnecessary unpaid labour. Or they might have lacked faith in the type of sponsor who says there is only one way to do the steps/construct the program and that is the way their sponsor showed them.
Wishing all alcoholics a long and happy recovery.