The Welcome Message to
International E-Support List
Help with getting started in the group
better than just jumping in with no
idea what to expect.
Sending the same post to two or more different
organizations or groups. As addressed in the To: line or CC: line,
either in recovery or not in recovery or to other people is
discouraged since it could breech the confidentiality and the
anonymity of the members of the group
If one wants to send the same post it is requested
that you copy and paste the post in a new email. It may be
more time consuming, but it is a good way to try to ensure
the confidentiality of the group.
More on disruptions
This may or may not
be applied to the SOS E-Support group. This was intended for use
in other groups so some of it may not apply. I think the main
parts and thinking do apply to SOS and in the spirit of SOS it's up to
you to decide what to use and what not to use.
More Help With Posting
Is The Founder of SOS Still
Hi Duaine & Jim
I think it is wonderful if you are helping people to stay sober----
or "clean". I just read the article at the link provided below. It
is true that "addiction" is physical and that anyone can become
addicted to drugs. Not everyone is an alcoholic though. I am,
however, very disappointed that a few of AA's traditions have been
broken via over a dozen times AA is mentioned in this one small
article!! I respect that this is something you feel is "better", and
if it is working, that's great! But there is no need to mention AA
at ALL in ANY of your articles or
More on this E-List Thread
knowing about the natural process of recovery
I found that early in my recovery, I was missing lots of
I went to a detox treatment center where I assumed I would be
given all the info I needed.
I found it difficult to sleep and went several nights with
very little sleep. I thought there was something wrong with me but I was
going through a very natural process of relearning how to sleep.
So why wasn’t I told about it sooner?
Why did I have to go
through it and then find out it was a natural part of the recovery process?
I decided to put together a web page to address things that
most of us already know or should know.
On this web page are SOS Members
thoughts and links to articles from SOS websites and outside sources.
Green Wall of Growth
The idea of a sign in wall was
thought up by a member of the
SOS International E-Support List,
Members sign in -- A marker
in time -- To stamp on the wall
the date when they decided to
change there life and enter a new
world of Abstinence.
Check it out and ask to be added
if you like.
Norm took this idea very seriously;
so if you decide, or choose not to
stay on your journey please let us
know so we can remove your name.
Cold Turkey -Don't Do It--
Get some information before jumping
in. Detox can be extremely Dangers
for some people and Alcohol can be
a very Dangers Drug to Detox from.
Here is an
unpopular truth for you: suffering is a necessary,
beautiful part of life. In a sense, suffering is no
different from joy; in all actuality, suffering is inseparable
from joy. Those who spend life running and hiding
from all pain, never letting themselves fully
experience it, those who never let themselves be
taken over from time to time by life's suffering,
those who never let go and allow pain to come in and
run its course, they are the ones who in turn are
equally unable to fully realize and experience joy
and serenity. Energy comes from both the positive
and the negative; it takes all of it to produce a
truly rich, fully human
experience. This is a fact, and here's why:
Mike the Drug Counselor on
Here is some information on Amino Acids that is passed out by
Mike the Drug Counselor
Mike the Drug Counselors Amino
With all medical information; caution must be
taken, because what helps one person, may kill, or maim another.
Please weight all the risks and the benefits check with your doctor
and then proceed with caution.
Amino Acids have been reported by many SOS Members to have worded
and worked extremely well in fighting and stopping all together;
Many forms of Depression.
Research the subject talk to others and seek help if you suffer from
Find an SOS meeting in your area.
Meeting and Contact information is updated on an
If meeting information or Contact information is not correct please
let us know
so we can make corrections quickly.
E-Mail James Christopher and Web Master Duaine M.
with new information or alert us of changes or outdated information.
Meeting and contact finder is setup to make it
possible for SOS Meetings to be easy to find.
It's also set up to provide a Data Bank for people
who want to start a meeting or want to meet or talk to SOS Members
This Data Bank takes a great deal of work keeping
it updated but it's worth the effort if it can put SOS Members in
touch with each other.
To make the Data Bank successful we need your
contact information. You can remain Anonymous. We will
do our very best to keep your contact information confidential and
only give it out to those people who live near you. It
will be your choice of just how much information you want given out.
You can ensure an added layer of protection by
getting a free E-Mail account that has no personal information in
it and use it so people can contact you.
You can also choose to not receive any outside
contact and have the Clearinghouse send you information on new
contacts in the area and you can decide if you want to contact them.
This gives an added layer of protection for those who want it.
You can of course if you choose have your contact
information like your phone number and or email address put on the
SOS wants to provide as much protection as
possible and also provide a working Data Base. It's a tall
task and Jim Christopher is willing to put in the work to make it
All you have to do is contact Jim Christopher and
work out just how you want to use our Data Base.
You will find that Jim has had a great deal of
experience in helping Members with contact information and
on finding meetings
Building Recovery Book
Home E-Group of SOS
SOS Save Our Selves International
E-Support Group -- Support and Information-Home SOS E-Support Group.
SOS Women E-Support Group -Set up to meet
the needs of women in SOS
SOS Friends and Families
Set up to
meet the needs of friends and families
who are or have
article by Hope from SOS Friends and Families
For every one addict you will generally find at least 2 people who
love them and are affected by their addiction. Whether it is
their parents, spouses, friends, or children, finding places for
those loved ones to get support has been limited greatly, especially
for those looking for a secular support group, but now that's no
longer the case...
The rest of the article
SOS Badge to Badge
-- is a peer-support group dedicated to the recovery of
law enforcement personnel who are dealing with
alcohol, and other addictions.
This group is open to all police and law enforcement, whether newly sober or
with many years of recovery. Our topics range greatly and the discussion of new
ideas in recovery is encouraged. This forum is a safe, confidential way of
gathering information on addictions and sharing it with others in the law
enforcement community. Badge to Badge is an alternative recovery group based in
Western New York, which follows the guidelines and principles of SOS (Save Our
Selves) International. This group is an autonomous, non-professional local group
to helping law enforcement personnel achieve and maintain sobriety.
Our Stories from SOS International
E-Support List collected by Carl
Posts from the SOS International E-Support
After a long and illustrious career as
a drinker I have decided to go sober.
I have been off alcohol for 40 days, I made my declaration to quit Fri
11/8 )…I have been a heavy drinker for 20 years; my main stay for the past 5 has
been vodka (Grey Goose; Belvidere) fresh out of the freezer on the rocks
straight, also enjoyed a beer or two, and wine; ….my decision came not by
hitting rock bottom but more as a realization of bumping along bottom for many
years (especially the last 4-5); I have been trying over the last 2-years to
condition myself to be a "social drinker"; trying to maintain a "quota" or max
drinks per night (not social I know) that did not work; …also trying to take
weekdays off but after 3 weeks that plan failed due to cheating during the
Web Pages from the Old SOS Web Site
Does Not use 12 Steps -- Here are some 12 Steps that people have come up with