Secular sobriety group offers peer support

Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group is for individuals who want to abstain from alcohol or other addictive substances in a non-religion context.

The newly formed Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group is a peer support group for individuals who want to abstain from alcohol or other addictive substances in a non-religion-based context.

The group provides a safe, respectful and anonymous setting for anyone who truly wants to work toward becoming and staying alcohol- and drug-free.

It is an alternative to traditional religious, 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

While some seek a religious element in recovery, those looking for an alternative will find that the KSSG has a very practical approach.

The KSSG offers unconditional respect for the individual—accepting them as they are.

It also subscribes to the notion that since everyone is different, each person benefits from having choice in recovery —provided the choices made (with positive, active support from peers) result in abstinence.

Abstinence is always the goal. This new sobriety support group maintains that the solution to each person’s addiction is within themselves.

An external entity is not sought in order to do this work of liberation. Within a caring and respectful group atmosphere, individuals find their own power and determination to get their lives back on track.

The Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group currently meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the Pride Centre, 1476 Water St. Anyone looking to get and stay sober is welcome.

The KSSG is facilitated and coordinated by Van Hill and supported by the Okanagan branch of the Centre for Inquiry. CFI is a non-profit organization that promotes the values of reason, science, humanism and secularism.

For more information about the Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group, contact Van Hill at

For more information about the Centre for Inquiry, please contact Zena Ryder at or call 250-868-1473.


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