SOS Celebrates 25 Years on 75th Anniversary of AA
Secular Organizations for Sobriety – also known as Save Our Selves (SOS) – marks 25 years of service this year in the shadow of Alcoholics Anonymous’ 75th birthday.
Although SOS is the world’s largest alternative to AA, traditional “faith based” 12-Step groups have a 50 year lead and 97% dominance with addiction recovery providers and the drug courts in this country, but 12-Step group success rates are thought to be 5% to 15% effective at best.
“Obviously the need for alternatives to 12-Step groups is crucial,” stresses SOS Founder and Executive Director, James Christopher. “We’ve contacted many thousands of folks – including inmates throughout the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, for example – and a significant number of individuals preferred SOS secular, self-empowerment support groups to AA, CA, NA, etc. and,” Christopher continued, “virtually every court case mounted by individuals mandated to attend AA ‘spiritual’ groups has prevailed. Life and death issues are at stake here; options save lives and offer alternative escape routes from the grip of substance addictions. Viable self-help support groups including SOS, Women for Sobriety, and SMART Recovery are often shut out of traditional treatment with an ‘AA or the highway’ attitude.”
SOS in co-sponsorship with SHARE! (Self Help and Recovery Exchange) and Project Return (mental health recovery) will host an all day 3rd annual Festival of Recovery at the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles and its popular Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., on Saturday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This ecumenical festival,” states Christopher, “features all recovery options known to us, including AA, NA, CA, SOS, Women for Sobriety, SMART Recovery and mental health community recovery groups. SOS applauds 12-Step groups while at the same time stressing the urgent need for alternatives in recovery and,” Christopher continued, “an all-day free public event with free parking, free music, and a free lunch has been very successful for the past two years, opening minds and hearts to a better understanding of diverse approaches to recovery from the horrors of alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness.”
For more information contact:
Jim Christopher, Executive Director
Secular Organizations for Sobriety