Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous In Saskatoon

[Update: 2012-12-31] As far as I know the Saskatoon SOS group is currently on hiatus and is currently looking for a new location.  If you are interested in the group, please leave a comment and I will send your info to the organizer.

 

CFI Saskatoon has announced a SOS group, a non-religious alternative to alcoholics anonymous. People may not realize the deeply religious orientation of the AA 12 step program:

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Some of the steps read straight out of an evangelical prayer meeting.  Questions of efficacy aside, it is understandable that the irreligious can have trouble relating to this faith-based process.

The new Saskatoon Secular Organization for Sobriety (SOS) is a non-religious alternative. SOS is an international organization that provides a treatment that is secular in nature.

We are pleased to announce a new support group for addicted individuals in Saskatoon.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) Group of Saskatoon

For people who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of 12-step and faith-based programs, one alternative is Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves. SOS is a sobriety-focused, secular, self-empowering approach to addiction recovery.

We respect diversity, welcome healthy skepticism, and encourage rational thinking as well as the expression of feelings. We each take responsibility for our individual sobriety without depending upon supernatural beliefs.

It should never be necessary to compromise principles and integrity in the search for recovery.

First Meeting: Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
Repeats: 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Avenue Community Centre, 201-320 21st St. W., Saskatoon, SK
Contact: sos_sask@cficanada.ca (in confidence)

This is a sobriety meeting. Our focus is on abstaining from alcohol or other mind-altering drugs.

SOS International website

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6 Responses to “Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous In Saskatoon”

  1. ron anderson Says:

    I have been attending AA since 1967.My concept of spirtality has allways differed from the RELIGOUS RIGHT that dominate our group.Even though our traditions said we were non demoninational, I was heavily critisised for not saying THE LORDS PRAYER when closing a round-up I was chairing.Is there any room for me in your organisation?RON Shellbrook Sask.

  2. Debbie Morrison Says:

    Several of our clients are looking for an alternatie to aa meetins and were wondering where sos meetings are held so they can attend

  3. janetkorpan Says:

    Hi Debbie, saskskeptic pretty much told you everything. Meetings are on hold for now – we would like to establish a new time for meetings and a more accessible location. If you have any comments or ideas you can email sos_sask@cficanada.ca and we are also on Facebook.

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