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Secular Twelve-Step Resources and Fellowships

Secular Overeaters Resources

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Join our private Facebook group, Secular Overeaters and Friends (in Overeaters Anonymous).

Join the Secular Overeaters Community Google Group! This online group discusses personal experiences, helpful literature, relevant events and activities, “tips and techniques,” and other topics related to challenges with food. Email (for the best experience, sign up with a Gmail account).

Other Secular Resources

While there is not much of a secular presence in Overeaters Anonymous, we do have the company of many other fellowships that have gone before us. Here is a list of other organizations.

Are there other resources we should list here? Let us know!  

AA Agnostica is meant to be a helping hand for the alcoholic who reaches out to Alcoholics Anonymous for help and finds that she or he is disturbed by the religious content of many AA meetings.

AA Toronto Agnostics is a site for agnostics, atheists, secularists, and freethinkers in Alcoholics Anonymous.  Here you will find an updated list of all meetings in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as additional resources and information.  

Beyond Belief Sobriety is a podcast and community that provide a refuge and home for agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, and all others who seek a secular path of recovery. The focus was on alcoholics but now includes addicts of all kinds.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
The “God” Word (brochure, pdf), how AA secular fellows work their program.

Secular AA Australia and New Zealand is meant to be a helping hand for the alcoholics who reach out to Alcoholics Anonymous for help and find that they are disturbed by the religious content of many AA meetings.

Freethinkers in AA is a secular, non-religious expression of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Secular AA
Find a Secular AA meeting.

Agnostic, Humanist, and Atheist Codependency Support Group is a fellowship that pursues a secular recovery from codependency. This group was formed in 2021.

Secular NA is website that is a collaborative effort among Narcotics Anonymous groups and members who support a non-religious, secular approach to recovery and the Twelve-Step program.

The Secular NA Coffee Shop is a private Facebook group.

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people.

Proactive 12 Steps describe a mindful path for people who feel stuck in life. This includes, but is not limited to, people in recovery and people in codependent relationships. 

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is a nonprofit network of autonomous, non-professional local groups, dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety/abstinence from alcohol and drug addiction, food addiction, and more.  (May be inactive, but they have an awesome set of steps in The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps.

Tus nua (tous new-ah, a Gaelic term that means new beginnings or fresh start) is a recovery group of Freethinkers based in Ireland. Most meetings are addiction-agnostic (meaning they don’t focus on one addiction in particular). 

Recovery Dharma is a peer-led, grass-roots, democratically structured organization whose mission is to support individuals on their path of recovery from addiction using Buddhist practices and principles. (Inclusive of all addictions.)

“The Atheist in AA Fighting to Get ‘God’ Taken Out of the 12 Steps,” VICE Canada, October 24, 2016
How Lawrence Knight took Alcoholics Anonymous to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to take a stand against how non-believers have traditionally been treated in AA.

“I Beat Addiction Without God,” The Wall Street Journal,

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