My position is clear: if you think you’re 100% dependent on your own wisdom and efforts, you are asking for trouble. You have a heavy load. I know that atheists can sober up, but Alcoholics Anonymous begins with an open statement of dependence on God. I think that’s a good place to begin.
My two cents
When you think of Alcoholics Anonymous, you probably don’t think of God and religion straight away. But when you learn more about the organisation, you notice how they are self-consciously reliant on God, and I like that attitude.
I once read about a man who hadn’t touched a beer in over 10 years, but he would still attend AlcAnon meetings. As much as counsellors and (other) recovering alcoholics can help current alcoholics, the quote is a good reminder that there’s more to overcoming addiction than human will and preference.
North, G (2011). God, Gold, Groceries, and Guns. Available: http://news.goldseek.com/LewRockwell/1318170153.php. Last accessed 12th Apr 2012.