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Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves

Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (SOS), a nonprofit organization serving chemically dependent individuals and their families, was founded in 1985 by James Christopher as a nonspiritual alternative to traditional Twelve-Step recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. SOS comprises a network of autonomous self-help groups coordinated by the SOS clearinghouse. These self-help groups address a wide range of issues related to addiction, including overeating, gambling, smoking, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

In 1985, Christopher published an article titled "Sobriety Without Superstition," which is an account of the course he, as a self-described "free thinker," took to rational sobriety. This article is credited by SOS itself as being the founding document of the organization. With its first self-help support group held in 1986 in North Hollywood, California, SOS ...

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