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Since 1974, secular AA has provided fellowship to support recovery for all.

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.

Secular AA Australia and New Zealand is not affiliated with any group in AA or any other organization.

Contributors to the Secular AA Australia and New Zealand website are all members of Alcoholics Anonymous, unless otherwise indicated. The views they express are neither their groups’ nor those of AA, but solely their own.

There is an increasing number of groups within AA that are not religious in their thinking or practice. These groups don’t recite prayers at the beginning or end of their meetings, nor do they suggest that a belief in God is required to get sober or to maintain sobriety. If the readings at their meetings include AA’s suggested program of recovery, then a secular version of the 12 Steps will often be shared.

If you asked members of AA who belong to these non-religious groups about their vision for the fellowship, they would probably describe it this way:

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for membership: we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution: neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

 Secular AA Australia and New Zealand does not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism. Our only wish is to ensure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in AA without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs or having to deny their own.

When we use the word “secular” in relation to AA – or words like "agnostic", “atheist”, "skeptic" or “freethinker” – we are simply referring to the specific wisdom of groups and individuals within the fellowship who understand that belief in a “God” (of any understanding) is not a necessary part of recovery from alcoholism. The experience, strength and hope of these women and men form the basis for the pages and posts on the Secular AA Australia and New Zealand website and are often a comfort and an inspiration for others in AA.

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So long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral, the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us that a new Alcoholics Anonymous Group has been formed. Anti-God, anti-medicine, anti-our Recovery Program, even anti-each other — these rampant individuals are still an AA Group if they think so!
— Bill Wilson, Grapevine Article, “Anarchy Melts”, 1946

What We've Achieved

While AA membership has stagnated, secular AA is the only part of AA that is growing (both in members, groups and meetings).