How I Got Sober and Converted to Atheism
I left booze, and then I left God.
I stood on a mountaintop and looked out over the sea. A thousand feet below me, eagles soared on thermals. Wind blew through my hair and I felt dizzy. I fell to my knees and cried. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this “white-light” experience was the moment I realized there was no God—I had been struck atheist.
To be accurate and appropriately less dramatic, my atheist conversion was far from immediate. It was a process that began when I got sober about five years earlier.
I finally stopped drinking and drugging at age 30, in the summer of 2004, after about 15 years of relatively high-functioning abuse. I took to 12-step recovery like a fish to water and was especially drawn to Alcoholics Anonymous’ message of a spiritual solution.
An interesting article and although this guy had a rather usual experience running into the “Buddhist teacher” early own in AA, you can see how the AA community eventually treated him once he rejected the “God” or “higher power” concept that is a mandatory part of the program.
Anyone experiencing substance abuse and or other addiction problems and wish to get scientifically based assistance should check out the below organizations and research the secular “Substance Abuse And Addiction Recovery” section on our resources page here at http://theseafa.org/resources.html.
Substance Abuse And Addiction Recovery
- Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
- SMART Recovery®
- LifeRing Secular Recovery
- Recovery International
- Women For Sobriety, Inc.
- REBT Network
- Albert Ellis Institute (AEI)
I recommend both SMART Recovery and Life Ring Secular Recovery, they are both great programs.