Christopher, a sober alcoholic since April 24, 1978, originally attended
Alcoholics Anonymous, but broke from AA early
in his recovery due to his discomfort with the AA approach. Staying sober with
his own “Sobriety Priority” program, he went on to found SOS (Secular
Organizations for Sobriety / Save our Selves) in 1985. He arranged for the first
SOS self-help support group to be held in North Hollywood, Los Angeles,
California on a Monday evening in November, after giving numerous public
lecturers and authoring numerous articles dating back to 1984. the key article
“Sobriety without Superstition” was published in the national periodical Free
Inquiry and received worldwide responses from recovering alcoholics and
addicts, treatment professional and the media.
Christopher has since authored four books : How to Stay Sober (Prometheus
Books, 1988), Unhooked (Prometheus Books, 1989), SOS Sobriety
(Prometheus Books, 1992) and Escape from Nicotine Country (Prometheus
Books, 1999). He was also a contributor to Substance Abuse : A Comprehensive
Textbook (Williams and Williams, 1997).
has grown from one meeting in Los Angeles to a data base of over 20,000 members
worldwide. Each SOS meeting is autonomous and held on an anonymous basis at no
charge to participants and
stresses James Christopher’s “Sobriety
Priority” abstinence-based, self-empowerment.
James Christopher has appeared on over 300 radio and television shows and the
SOS alternative has received extensive coverage in hundreds of print media
feature articles including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the
British Guardian, Newsweek, the Journal of the American Medical Association,
Glamour, Playboy, Modern Maturity, Professional Counselor and Sober Times.
Christopher worked as a Program Director for Priority One, an outpatient
treatment facility in Beverly Hills, California for two years. He moved the SOS
International Clearing House to Buffalo, New York, in June 1990, accepting
sponsorship by CODESH, an international humanist organization. The SOS movement
is separately incorporated as a non-profit organization and has been publishing
a quarterly newsletter since 1987.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration includes SOS in its official
literature; the US Congress Employee Assistance Program subscribes to the SOS
Newsletter, and since 1987, the Los Angeles Court system, as well as
numerous courts across the US, have offered SOS as a viable recovery choice to
persons mandated to attend a self-help program.
February 1995 James Christopher returned to the Clearing House to Los Angeles
and currently divides his time among three activities : SOS Clearing House
duties, holding recovery workshops across the US and abroad, and doing research
on the evolution of the SOS Sobriety Priority program, described
by James Christopher as the “CVS Method” (Cognitive / Visceral
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Who’s Who in the World,
Named International Man of the Year,
1993, by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK
Dictionary of International
since 1995 (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK)
Included in Five Thousand
Personalities of the World, 1994/95 (American
Biographical Institute, Inc)
Certified Addictions Specialist (C.A.S.),
American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders, Cambridge M.A.
Certified Diplomat in Psychotherapy
American Psychotherapy Association, Washington D.C.
Member, American Counseling