The ‘God’ Issue in 12-Step Recovery

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Belief in a specific religion is not a requirement for sobriety.

Many sex and porn addicts new to 12-Step recovery (and even some who’ve been around for a while) struggle to accept the use of the word ‘God’ in the 12 Steps. They needn’t. Twelve-Step groups do not espouse any specific religion or deity. They are not churches or cults. Instead, they are spiritual programs that accept and embrace whatever it is that any member believes (or doesn’t believe). Yes, many recovering sex and porn addicts do find a particular religion or spiritual practice both comforting and helpful, but specific religious beliefs are by no means a prerequisite for membership in any 12-Step group.

Task for Today
Think about your spiritual beliefs and non-beliefs. Share about this in a meeting and notice how your thoughts are accepted without judgment.