12 doctors weighed in:
Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Sort of
Aa believes in a "higher power, " but they are not per se a religious organization nor does one have to be religious to benefit from the program.

In brief: Sort of
Aa believes in a "higher power, " but they are not per se a religious organization nor does one have to be religious to benefit from the program.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
AA's "higher power" is sometimes translated in non-religious ways, such as the fellowship of the AA group itself. But God is explicitly mentioned in the readings. Maybe look at it this way: Churches (which are clearly religious places) sometimes hold non-religious activities that even atheists can enjoy. Likewise, AA offers a great deal, even to non-believers.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Completely agree.
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Spiritual vs relig'n
Aa is a spiritual program but not a religious one.
There is no demand that you hold any particular religious beliefs, or any beliefs at all, religion is one of many ways to get to spirituality.You can probably think of people you know who are at peace and grounded, living in ways we might call spiritual, who are not religious at all, as well as others who are "religious" but not very spiritual.

In brief: Spiritual vs relig'n
Aa is a spiritual program but not a religious one.
There is no demand that you hold any particular religious beliefs, or any beliefs at all, religion is one of many ways to get to spirituality.You can probably think of people you know who are at peace and grounded, living in ways we might call spiritual, who are not religious at all, as well as others who are "religious" but not very spiritual.
Dr. Adam Front
Dr. Adam Front
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: It is not religious.
It does address sobriety on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

In brief: It is not religious.
It does address sobriety on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
In brief: No
Aa program is not a religious program. In 12 traditions -second tradition - 2.
For our group purpose there is but one authority-a loving god as he may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. God is replaced for truth for people who prefer a different word. Learn more at http://positive12steps.Org.

In brief: No
Aa program is not a religious program. In 12 traditions -second tradition - 2.
For our group purpose there is but one authority-a loving god as he may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. God is replaced for truth for people who prefer a different word. Learn more at http://positive12steps.Org.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Glen Elliott
This feels like a matter of semantics. "Truth" as the one authority seems like a weak substitute. Agree it is not religious per se and certainly not affiliated with any single religious creed or belief system. Even so, turning one's life over to a "higher power" is a key element of the program.
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