Secular Organizations for Sobriety

SOS is a nonprofit network of autonomous, nonprofessional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. There are groups meeting in many cities throughout the US and other countries.

Coming in 2015…don’t miss it!!

SOS 30th Anniversary International Conference

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9am - 5pm

Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027 USA


SOS Exclusive Screening
Award-winning mini-documentary, No God at the Bottom of a Glass
Introduced by producers Sarah and Bruce Barker

SOS Exclusive Screening
Monica Richardson’s explosive new documentary, The 13th Step
Introduced by producer Monica Richardson


  • International recovery speakers
  • Celebrity Guests
  • Authors’ book signings

Contact us and we’ll help you plan your travel/lodging.

Jim Christopher
(323) 666-4295  



  • takes a self-empowerment approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from all else. SOS addresses sobriety (abstinence) as “Priority One, no matter what!”
  • credits the individual for achieving and maintaining his or her own sobriety.
  • respects recovery in any form, regardless of the path by which it is achieved. It is not opposed to or in competition with any other recovery programs.
  • supports healthy skepticism and encourages the use of the scientific method to understand alcoholism. 

Meetings in the Los Angeles area are listed here.

For meeting locations outside the L.A. area, please visit

General Principles of SOS

All those who sincerely seek sobriety are welcome as members in any SOS Group.

SOS is not a spin-off of any religious or secular group. There is no hidden agenda, as SOS is concerned with achieving and maintaining sobriety (abstinence).

SOS seeks only to promote sobriety amongst those who suffer from addictions. As a group, SOS has no opinion on outside matters and does not wish to become entangled in outside controversy.

Although sobriety is an individual responsibility, life does not have to be faced alone. The support of other alcoholics and addicts is a vital adjunct to recovery. In SOS, members share experiences, insights, information, strength, and encouragement in friendly, honest, anonymous, and supportive group meetings.

To avoid unnecessary entanglements, each SOS group is self-supporting through contributions from its members and refuses outside support.

Sobriety is the number one priority in a recovering person’s life. As such, he or she must abstain from all drugs or alcohol.

Honest, clear, and direct communication of feelings, thoughts, and knowledge aids in recovery and in choosing nondestructive, nondelusional, and rational approaches to living sober and rewarding lives.

As knowledge of addiction might cause a person harm or embarrassment in the outside world, SOS guards the anonymity of its membership and the contents of its discussions from those not within the group.

SOS encourages the scientific study of addiction in all its aspects. SOS does not limit its outlook to one area of knowledge or theory of addiction.