Do I need to be in AA?

No. Many people get put off by the idea of a higher power or other aspects of the program that can feel shaming or anti-medication or wrong to them in other ways. 12 step programs can be immensely helpful for some, offering decades of wisdom, a spiritual approach, clear steps and goals and deeply caring and responsive community. We encourage people to try it out and can help resolve some issues people have with the program but know that people recover in many different ways, often without AA involvement.