Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS), also known as Save Our Selves, is a self-help program for individuals seeking to recover from alcoholism and/or drug addiction. The SOS organization is a project of the Council for Secular Humanism, which in turn is a program of the Center for Inquiry, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization. The first SOS group was started in 1986 by James Christopher, a self-described sober alcoholic, to serve as a secular alternative to other programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), that emphasize a spiritual approach to recovery. However, SOS materials emphasize that the organization is not opposed to or in competition with any other recovery programs. This entry briefly describes the origins of SOS, central features of the SOS approach, characteristics of SOS ...

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