Recovering addicts often resist participating 12-step programs for addiction because they seem to rely so heavily on the notion of “God.” Even though the programs often use the terms “higher power” or “God of your understanding” some people feel overwhelmed with what they feel as oppressive religiosity. Other people who are already religious can come to resent the 12-step idea of a higher power or a spiritual awakening because they feel they already have a perfectly good religious framework for their lives and they don’t need to learn a new one.
No matter what the objection the person has to the concept of a higher power, they can often accept the notion of intuition as a way to conceive of the concept of higher power. (See the new Psych Central blog about intuition!) I support this idea because of the many strands of thinking that have come together around the idea of intuition in recent years.