discoverer of the addiction gene and President & CEO.,
SynerGene Global, Inc, San Antonio, Texas on the genetics and
biochemical causes of addiction.
Randolph Atkins, Jr., University
of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatric
Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia speaking on collaborative
research with SOS (see parallel box)
"SOS methods in Britain"
CEO & Medical Director, SAT Health Center, Beverly Hills,
Your Sobriety Toolkit"
Los Angeles, CA
Secular Gorski Relapse Prevention
(actor, Los Angeles, CA
EQ Recovery, Emotional Intelligence Coach, EQ approaches for
Boston MA, SOS International Advisory Board member on stopping
N - Los
"Gays in Recovery"
"Women in Sobriety"
Diego SDSU Centre on Substance Abuse, representing the
American National Association of Social Workers
Norwood, New York, International Advisory Board member
Texas) and Steve
(Austin Texas) - "Texas SOS and SOS in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice"
Professor Emeritus, State University of New York; Visiting
Professor of Nursing, University of Southern California
Hollman and Lew Hollman
Co-founder of SHARE!
Dual Diagnosis Residence, LA.
actress and SOS International Advisory Board member.
P & John S.
Personal reflections of early SOS members
Grossman & Michele Von Euer
"Improv for Awareness for Non-Actors"
Lodge and Donna Warren-
West Valley Mental Health, Canoga Park
August 11,12,13, 2000, more than 80 people crowded into the SOS
International Clearing House in Los Angeles, California, for the most
successful and best attended SOS event ever held ! SOS is
clearly alive and well, and kicking and growing as witnessed by the
enthusiastic contributions from SOS members from all over the US and
internationally. The speeches and wide attendance by respected figures
in the professional recovery movement also attested to the fact that
the SOS approach and organization is an historical fact, with deep
roots and a huge reputation.
Conference focused entirely on sobriety methods for recovering people.
Attendees were treated to a tapestry of approaches and techniques for
understanding addiction and strengthening sobriety based upon the
ideas of total abstinence from all mind-altering drugs developed by
Jim Christopher. SOS members from as far a field as New York, Texas,
Colorado, Boston, London UK, Belgium, etc spoke of the nitty gritty
key issues of staying sober and building local SOS groups.
members Duaine M (Dallas, Texas) and Steve A (Austin Texas) gave an
inspiring report on how they were working in the Texas prisons where
SOS is officially welcomed by the authorities as the only alternative
to AA for helping prisoners get sober and help avoid returning to
goal. Steve himself was attending by permission of his parole officer
and explained how he met SOS in prison and successfully used its
approach to stay clean and to stay free! There are now more than 100
SOS meetings in Texas prisons!!!!
Rees from London explained how focusing back on the basics of the
Sobriety Priority had helped expand the London SOS and gave attendees
a folder of tips to take home to their local meetings.
well-received was Larry B's talk on his Sobriety Toolkit, Atanonka.F's
ideas on an Independence Week of action on recovery and the personal
reflections of early SOS members, one of whom had just come back to
say thanks after 15 years of sobriety without attending SOS groups!
George N highlighted eloquently the importance of SOS as a safe and
comfortable environment for gay people to recover and the actor
Kenneth Campbell gave a stirring speech on the secularized Gorki
method which he uses in his SOS group. A lot of interest was also
shown in using Emotional Intelligence as a tool for helping recovery,
when Steve Morgan explained his EQR or Emotional Recovery Approach for
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add to this more imaginative methods for strengthening sobriety came
from a simulated performance by 4 members of Recovery Inc, who showed
how they used cognitive methods to deal with disturbing everyday
incidents and behavioral problems. "Improv for Awareness for
Non-Actors" gave a display of how to use dialogue and
improvisation to touch personal questions and issues.
a more solemn, but warm note Cookie S from San Diego gave a speech in
honor of Jean Kirkpatrick, the founder of "Women for
Sobriety", who died in June and to whom the Conference was
dedicated. Cookie went on to say that she agreed entirely with what
she had heard at the SOS Conference and it was proposed that our two
organizations should work more closely together in the future.
the strong links and respect for SOS in the professional recovery
sector, enthusiastic speeches about the work of SOS were made by
visitors from social services, National Social Workers of the US,
mental health professionals.
authority of SOS nationally and internationally was underpinned by the
speech of Dr Randolph Atkins from the University of Virginia, who has
chosen SOS to be the study group for comparison with AA in the role of
spirituality and secularity in recovery. SOS has agreed to participate
in this study which can have wide ramifications for the traditional
view of effective treatment methods.
the man who brought the house down was undoubtedly Dr Kenneth Blum,
the discoverer of the addiction gene, who explained extremely complex
but vital issues concerning the causes and treatment of addiction, in
the most informative and entertaining way the audience had ever seen.
Steve Allen, famous comedian and
author opened the Conference to huge applause on Friday night and on
Saturday, comedian Darryl Hendriques had us rolling in the ailles with
his unique sense of humor, followed by the LA rock band the Infidels.
On Sunday members met to discuss organizational issues and then
took a good break at famous Venice Beach