Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS): Save Our Selves

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) is a nonprofit network of local groups. Its sole purpose is to help people achieve and maintain abstinence. It can be from alcohol, drug addiction, or food addiction.

SOS credits individuals for achieving and maintaining their own abstinence. It does not compete with any other recovery program. Recovery itself is what’s important.

James Christopher began SOS in 1985. He’s an alcoholic who’s been sober since the 1970s. Christopher shares his techniques in several books.

Click to learn more about How to Stay Sober.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety

secular organizations for sobrietyTwelve-step programs insist that sobriety is only possible through submission to God or a Higher Power. But research by the US government and many others disproves that myth. This book can help non-religious alcoholics maintain their own beliefs and personal integrity. Yet they can achieve lifelong abstinence.

The author reports that there is no such thing as an alcoholic personality. Alcoholics or addicts can only achieve sobriety by making it their number one priority in life.

And sobriety has to be priority number one each and every day. This is possible only by personal choice.

Self-reliance and self-respect should replace dependence on religion or a Higher Power. Christopher provides the guidelines in this practical book.

Click to learn more about SOS Sobriety.

secular organizations for sobrietyIn this book, James Christopher describes in detail his successful “sobriety priority” approach. It has helped many people to abstain.

But make no mistake. His is an abstinence-only system. He is highly critical of programs that promote “controlled drinking” for alcoholics. It’s his strong view that addiction is not simply a behavioral problem. He argues that it has a genetic and physiological basis.

Click to learn more about Unhooked: Staying Sober and Drug-Free.

secular organizations for sobrietyIn this book, the author presents his program of effective strategies to achieve and maintain sobriety. His is a cognitive, rational approach.

Unhooked describes the evolution of SOS. The personal stories it presents reflect frustrations with A.A.  There’s a clear need for other options. The book also presents excerpts from the SOS Newsletter. They convey the diversity and open-mindedness of the program.

Click to learn more about Escape from Nicotine Country: How to Stop Smoking Painlessly

secular organizations for sobrietyThe author writes that “The prospect of stopping smoking is scary as hell. I know – I’ve been there.” He was a 30-year smoker. Escape is his guide for quitting smoking. And without pain or weight gain.

His system involves gradually reducing smoking, exercising, and eating the proper diet. He offers his simple self-help program to all those who want to kick the habit.


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