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Plan B Better Than AA?

Secular Organizations for Sobriety, or SOS, has been a viable alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous for the past 25 years.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety, or SOS, has been a viable alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous for the past 25 years.

Friday, April 16, 2010 17:09 GMT

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Alcoholics Anonymous isn’t the only way to get sober, another more diverse program works too.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety – aka Save Our Selves (SOS) – is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

SOS, started in 1985 by former alcoholic Jim Christopher, has long lived in the shadows of AA, but actually works better for some than the traditional “faith-based” 12-step program.

Christopher says SOS is more about “self- empowerment” through sobriety and relying on yourself to get clean, not just others.

There are no steps and no sponsors because, as Christopher tells members, “If you want dominance and submission, there’s a shop for that down the street.”

Instead, members can use SOS’ tools to fit their specific needs because the same steps don’t always work for everyone.

Christopher thinks it’s important for folks to know there’s a choice out there, and “it’s not just AA or the highway.”

SOS has 20,000 members worldwide and is still growing.

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