[Insiders+ Access] Secular Alternatives to 12-Step are Now the Law

Courts everywhere have mandated that secular, evidence-based addiction treatments, like SMART Recovery, must be offered to individuals as alternatives to 12-Step and other faith-based programs, if they so choose. Much of this is largely thanks to the tireless work of individuals like Sarah Levin.

Sarah is founder and principal of Secular Strategies, a firm specializing in defending the separation of church and state, advocating for religious freedom for all, and empowering nonreligious constituencies. A graduate of American University in Washington D.C., Sarah works on behalf of SMART Recovery on state government relations matters, under the direction of David Koss, SMART Recovery’s Director of Government Relations and current Board Member.

Check out this great interview by Luke Frazier, for our new show Insiders+ Access, made possible in part by the generous support of SMART Insiders+ participants.

Sarah Levin is featured in the podcast, Swimming Against the Legislative Tides

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Additional information about the New York legislation bill

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