you have no choice but to attend AA or other 12 Step meetings and find
the religious character of the group difficult to handle.
If you have
an especially "fundamentalist group" and are in despair,
donít worry many have survived this and continue to survive it.
may be better to stay in some sort of group, than none at all if it's
a requirement of some kind
If you donít have an SOS group nearby and donít feel like starting
one, here are several secularized versions of the AA Steps below that may
Most agnostic, atheist or people of other faiths in AA say
they tend to close their ears to the "God talk", smile and
take the best and most useful things they can.
This is one approach
as it may be mandatory to attend AA.
Some SOS people also like to attend AA simultaneously and/or choose to
work an adapted form of the Steps in a secular form.
Although SOS does NOT follow
a "Secular Steps" method, it also does not adopt a
judgmental attitude to members or non-members who wish to.
works for you!
We hope this info maybe of use, but
web site is not actually recommending these versions, only providing
information on the possibilities.
is a version of the AA Twelve Steps translated by an AA
You may find that some of the Steps are
the same and that there are also references to spirituality included.
Depending on your own persuasions, you may wish to edit them further.
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become
Came to believe and to accept that we needed strengths beyond our
awareness and resources to restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to entrust our wills and our lives to the care of the
collective wisdom and resources of those who have searched before us.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to ourselves, without reservation, and to another human being
the exact nature of our wrongs.
We are ready to accept help in letting go of all our defects of
With humility and openness sought to eliminate our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make
amends to them all. 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever
possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly
Sought through meditation to improve our spiritual awareness and our
understanding of the AA way of life and to discover the power to carry
out that way of life.
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried
to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principals
in all our affairs.