SOS ALSO KNOWN AS SAVE OUR SELVES
SOS is not a spin-off of any religious or secular group. There is no hidden agenda, as Save Our Selves is concerned
with achieving and maintaining sobriety (abstinence).
Save Our Selves seeks only to promote sobriety amongst those who suffer from addictions. As a group, Save Our Selves 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 Save Our Selves, members share experiences, insights,
information, strength, and encouragement in friendly, honest, anonymous, and supportive meetings.
To avoid unnecessary entanglements, each Save Our Selves 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, Save Our Selves guards
the anonymity of its membership and the contents of its discussions from those not within the group.
WHAT IS SAVE OUR SELVES
Save Our Selves encourages the scientific study of addiction in all its aspects. Save Our Selves does not limit its outlook to
one area of knowledge or theory of addiction.
Save Our Selves takes a self-empowerment approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from all else.
It addresses sobriety (abstinence) as "Priority One, no matter what!"
Save Our Selves for Sobriety credits the individual for achieving and maintaining his or her own sobriety.
Save Our Selves 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.
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Save Our Selves supports healthy skepticism and encourages the use of the scientific method
to understand alcoholism.
SOS is a network of autonomous, nonprofessional local groups dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve
and maintain sobriety. There are group meetings in many cities throughout the US and other countries. For
information in your area, or if you would like to start a group, contact:
SOS Clearing House
Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, California 90027
Tel. (323) 666-4295 Fax. (323) 666-4271
EMAIL: [email protected]
SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR SOBRIETY
All those who sincerely seek sobriety are welcom as members in any SOS group.
To break the cycle of denial and achieve sobriety, e first acknowledge that we are alcoholics or addicts.
We reaffirm this truth daily and accept without reservation the fact that, as clean and sober individuals,
we can not and do not drink or use, no matter what.
Since drinking or using is not an option for us, we take whatever steps are necessary to continue our
Sobriety Priority lifelong.
A quality of life--"the good life"-- can be achieved. However, life is also filled with
uncertainties. Therefore, we do not drink or use regardless of feelings, circumstances, or conflicts.
We share in confidence with each other our thoughts and feelings as sober, clean individuals.
Sobriety is our Priority, and we are each responsible for our lives and our sobriety.
The SOS movement began with an article in the Summer 1985 issue of Free Inquiry magazine, the leading humanist
journal in the country.
James Christopher, the son of an alcoholic and a sober alcoholic himself, wrote "Sobriety without
Superstition," an account of the path he took to sobriety.
Christopher felt that there must be others who wanted to achieve and maintain sobriety through personal
responsibilty and self-reliance.
As a result of the trememdous response to the article from addicted individuals who wanted to maintain
sobriety as a separate issue from all else, Jim Christopher founded the Secular Organizations for Sobriety/
Save Our Selves.
Today there are SOS groups nationally, as well as in other countries. SOS has gained recognition from
rehabilitation professionals and the nation's court systems. In November of 1987, the California courts
recognized SOS as an alternative to AA in sentencing offenders to mandatory participation in a rehabilitation
program. Also, the Veterans Administration has adopted a policy which prohibits mandatory participation in
programs of a religious nature.
The autonomous SOS groups are linked through the Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a center for the
dissemination of information for individuals who may be looking for a secular program of recovery. SOS
lends assistance in the formulation of new groups. The operational costs for the Clearinghouse are
covered partially by subscritpions to the Save Our Selves International Newsletter, but mostly by the
groups themselves donating a portion of the contributions they receive by "passing the hat"
at local meetings and by individual contributions to the Clearinghouse.
The SOS National Clearinghouse publishes a quarterly newsletter that is filled with items of interest
to all recovering persons, to professionals, and to the families and friends of addicted persons.
The SOS International Newsletter serves as an information source for group conveners and as a forum
for Save Our Selves members:$18 per year.