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Save Our Selves
Part of the World Wide SOS Family


Over View

What is SOS

Organization from Europe

Sobriety Priority

James Christopher

Your Sobriety Toolkit

Europe Tool box

First 30  Days

Europe First
30 Days

SOS Dallas Guide to Starting a Meeting

SOS Behind Bars Guide  to  Starting a Meeting

Europe How to Start a Meeting

SOS Dallas Opening  Meeting

Relapse  Prevention

An SOS Approach to eating Disorders

Guide Book for Group Leaders

Behind Bars Posts

Family & Friends

SOS Conference 2000

SOS -AA From SOS Europe

SOS-AA as I see it

Discussion__ on 12 Steps

Why 12 Steps Work for Some People

Could Your Group be a Cult?

Chartered or Shackled

Scientific & Medical Articles

Limbic Lizard


Cyber Chips

SOS Links

SOS Links Print Out

Other Links



Growth is a paradox
And paradoxes, by definition
Cannot be reduced to mere building blocks —
To spiritual elementals.

The belief in spiritual building blocks
Implies a belief in spiritual bootstrapping
And brackets the transcendental —
The outside breaking in.

I can, yet not I —
The paradox of paradoxes!
And that itself is a paradox,
The building block
For that which has no building blocks.

I will immerse my soul
In rivers of the spirit
Where still waters run deep
And deep waters run strong.

Sometimes strong, deep waters
Can break loose spiritual sticking points
Where flotsam that still has roots
Can latch tight
To submersed boulders of unreconciled memory
And cling tight for dear life —
An old, dying life they do not want to lose.

Roots of pain
And boulders of memory
Become logjams
Damming and dyking the spiritual flow
Where deep waters run turbulent.

But sometimes violent, jarring movements
Break the dead wood of the past
And still waters float high,
Rising to the surface And providing the serenity for new growth.

The angry flood, the raging tide,
Seeks release
To control and balance Where deep waters run both strong and still.

Steve Snyder



Is a vital point
To a vital life.

I can choose to grow not;
I can choose to stagnate;
I can choose to ignore spiritual invitations.
But I am given many opportunities
To choose to look within
Before or after I point without.

My inventory, my daily reflection,
Is mine.
I don’t have to berate myself
Or listen to old, condemnatory voices,
Father Gods in my head.

My inventory.
My growth. My willingness. My perception of
What life has to offer.
And my belief
That I am deserving.

My mistakes. My insights. My solutions.
Listening to inward promptings
And outward advice.
Open to both, wise to both,
Learning from both.

How much do I truly desire
And deeply yearn for
A new life
With no strings or preconditions attached?

How much desire do I really have
For transformation?

How much openness do I have
For growing on a daily basis?

The unexamined self
Is a self not really living.


Steve Snyder

Duaine Metevia

Save Our Selves (SOS)
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027
Phone# 323-666-4295

Find a Meeting
If you want to become a part of SOS let James Christopher know you're out there.  If there is no meeting listed in your area, it could mean that there are people in your area who are waiting for more people to come forward and start a meeting.  The way meetings start are people contacting the clearing house and leaving their contact info.  Some cities only have phone contacts, people who will talk to you or meet with you for coffee so please leave your contact info; don't miss out.

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