I came across this piece from http://livelighter.org/ that I thought was really good because it illustrates the major differences between the faith-based 12 step solution and other solutions which are based on self empowerment. I do not have any time for the disease theory and actually felt insulted after a while by the powerless idea. The idea of a God/ Higher Power saving me while letting children starve in Africa was also ridiculous!
The article talks about some of the dangers of the AA, including the idea that relapse is the norm, due to the brain disease idea. One of the reasons I looked for alternatives to AA when I was there was because of all the relapsing, which made me come to the conclusion that the AA method was very flawed. There are many other good points and I feel that the author is correct when they say that there is no “cookie cutter” solution to addiction. For me self empowerment worked far better than anything I learnt in AA. In fact AA probably held my recovery back and apart from giving me a different place to go where I could meet others who had the same problem, I do not feel the fellowship has much value as it is locked in its religious roots.
Here is a link to the article http://livelighter.org/overcoming-addiction-why-a-non-12-step-may-work-better-for-you/
It is written by the people from St Jude that run a non 12 step recovery center and have their own great blog http://www.soberforever.net/addictionblog/index.php.Google+