Father Joseph Martin was a lecturer on alcoholism and a gifted one at that. His ability to articulate the steps, and how they relate to spiritual matters has been put into several videos that are available for purchase.
Additionally his talks are made available on YouTube, and from time to time I will occasionally post a couple on this site. While being a catholic priest, Father Martin also had his struggles with alcoholism himself.
For more information, please check his Father Martin’s Wikipedia Page.
And to listen to some of his talks check out Father Martin on YouTube.
Maybe you’re an atheist. Maybe the above image offends you. It used to offend me. What I have learned is, that in 12 step groups, when I am offended with anything, it is time to look within. Everyone’s journey is personal, and what you have experienced is none of my business. What I have experienced is none of your business, and I cannot tell you how or what to believe in and vice versa.
What i can tell you, in my experience is this, when I keep an open mind to things that offend me, I usually tend to learn new things. There is a great quote to this effect by Herbert Spencer. That quote is:
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is contempt prior to examination.” ~ Herbert Spencer
If you’re troubled with, or are considering exploring solutions to a substance dependency problem, investigate everything imaginable. I am not saying become religious or believe in anything specific; all I’m suggesting is that look for what can help you and leave behind those things which won’t. The key here is an open mind- be willing to learn new things and focus on being honest with yourself because it will make seeking the best solution easier!