The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says:

‘To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face… after a while we had to face the fact that we must find a spiritual basis of life – or else.’

Many recovering alcoholics and addicts do come to believe.

They make a choice to believe in a Higher Power, a power greater than themselves. This can be anything, from the Number 11 Bus, to the recovery group itself or a traditional faith in God.

But society is becoming increasingly secular.

People, especially youngsters, coming into Twelve Step fellowships today, might have little or no religious or spiritual background. Many meetings take place in church buildings, like these beautiful London churches pictured here. With 12-step meetings so centred on God, spirituality and the Higher Power, does this make it harder for those without faith to recover?

This website looks at the Who, What, When, Why and How of the Higher Power

The aim is to provide a resource of latest research, news and literature around the world, especially for newcomers, on the place of God, or no God, in the 12 Step programmes.

The Higher Power Project

This website is not formally affiliated with but is inspired in part by the Higher Power Project at Chester University. The author is a research associate at the project and built this site for a ‘Sandbox’ assignment in the Masters in Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London.