Sobriety is never easy to obtain. Any addiction to alcohol or drugs presents a large challenge to become sober and to stay sober. The traditional 12-step program often works, but there are alternative programs available to those who encounter difficulty complying with that program.
Women for Sobriety (WFS)
This program was founded in the mid-1970s by Jean Kirkpatrick, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Kirkpatrick held a doctorate degree in sociology and suffered from an alcohol problem. Eventually, she overcame that problem by changing her thought process whenever she felt lonely or depressed. She also realized that women with drinking problems may require different therapeutic approaches than men with such problems. She formed, Women for Sobriety believing that drinking starts as a coping mechanism to deal with emotional problems which can lead to addiction.
Women for Sobriety seeks to fortify women’s sense of self-value and to encourage members to manage their problems through sharing and encouraging others. The program utilizes 13 statements emphasizing self-worth, emotional and spiritual growth, personal responsibility, and personal health.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
This program was founded in the mid-1980s by James Christopher, a recovering alcoholic. Mr. Christopher attempted to go through AA but felt uncomfortable with turning his life over to a higher power. He found that focusing on self-reliance and taking personal responsibility were more beneficial means of dealing with his addiction to alcohol. Members of SOS are asked to take responsibility for their drinking and to handle it as a separate issue. Although there is no structured program, SOS does offer guidelines which make achieving sobriety the priority. SOS believes that alcohol and drug usage becomes the center of the user’s life. To combat that, SOS focuses on maintaining sobriety as the center of the user’s life.
WFS and SOS are just two of many sobriety programs other than AA. In the end, addicts simply need to find the program that works best for them. But all programs recognize that the likelihood of attaining sobriety increases when working with others suffering from similar problems. Addicts who realize they are not alone and that others have overcome addiction can achieve the hope for sobriety needed to achieve it.