A lover of science and a self-described seeker of cold hard facts, Alcoholics Anonymous member Justin S. explained that, despite some superficial similarities, the Higher Power he uses to relieve him of his compulsion to drink is totally different from any sort of God.
"I'm not judging any of my fellow travelers for being religious dupes, but I'm just not going to pray to some old man with a beard in the sky," said Justin. "What I do is express my intentions and heartfelt desires to the Universal Energy that imbues us all with life, and allow that Energy to orchestrate the Universe in such a way that my highest self-actualization is fulfilled. The fact that I happen to adopt a posture of humility when I do it is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned."
Justin noted that he is extremely grateful that the twelve-step spiritual program of AA is inclusive enough that his more scientific approach to recovery is graciously tolerated. In fact, there's even an entire chapter devoted to agnostics in the foundational AA text known as the "Big Book," which assures religious skeptics that even if they haven't yet been blessed enough to awaken to God, they'll always be welcome in the AA fellowship - no matter how long it takes for their spiritual awakening to occur.
"I'm hoping that by sticking to straight science, I'll help other non-believers see that recovery from addiction is possible for them, too," said Justin. "I think that's my Higher Power's plan for me."