A Colorado Springs news weekly, the Independent, features a story about LifeRing. It includes interviews with Eric Lopez, convenor of the LifeRing meeting there, and Kathleen Gargan, from Denver, who serves on the LifeRing Board of Directors. The article touches on the LifeRing approach and also discusses the difficulties in getting referrals from local probation offices.
Lopez speaks of the self-directed nature of the LifeRing approach: “It was self-reliance,” he says. “I had to want it. It was self-help.” Gargan focused on LifeRing’s effort to increase knowledge of the group: “One of the ways we’ve grown is that we have done outreach to treatment centers, and drug courts,” says Gargan. “The more you stay in touch with those folks, the more they remember you.”
See the article HERE.
LifeRing has seen a good deal of growth the past few weeks, and we have been remiss on this blog for not reporting on the growth. This post is an effort to get caught up. In no particular order, here are the six new meetings:
LifeRing arrives in a new city with the start of a weekly meeting in Los Alamos, NM. That meeting hasn’t quite started yet, but it will very soon. It’s to be held at ADAPT & RECOVER at Trinity Professional Plaza, 3500 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544. It will be meeting on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., convened by Chris B. who can be reached with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahala Kephart has brought not one but two new meetings to Salt Lake City, UT. These are in addition to the one she began a few months ago at Utah Support Advocates, 196 W. 7200 South, Ste. D, which meets every Monday at 5 p.m. The new meetings are both on Wednesdays. One, at noon, meets at 2319 Foothill Dr, room 100. The other is at 501 Chipeta Way at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute in the Recovery Works Suite, room 1074. For more information, email email@example.com.
Petaluma, California, has a new LifeRing meeting convened by Byron K. That meeting is taking place at Olympia House, 11207 Valley Ford Rd., Petaluma. The meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Tucson, AZ, has it’s third LifeRing meeting, convened by LifeRing board member Tim Reith and held every Tuesday at 5 p.m. at AMI Behavioral Health Services, 2292 W. Magee Rd., Suite 220. Contact Tim by email at email@example.com.
And finally, Akron, Ohio becomes the first city in that state to have a LifeRing meeting. It’s held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St. More information can be obtained by emailing LifeRingAkron@gmail.com.
LifeRing is growing steadily. If you’d like to participate in that growth by starting a meeting, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LifeRing doesn’t treat smoking like alcohol and other drugs. We recognize the severe damage it does, and it clearly is an addiction, but we havc all we can do dealing with drinking and drug use. Still, it’s worthwhile to remind ourselves that addiction is addiction, whether it’s alcohol, nicotine or caffeine. Here is an informative article about quitting smoking from Jane Brody, the venerable New York Times writer, about smoking.
From a member of a LifeRing email group:
I joined LifeRing on December 9th of 2011, it was day 3 for me .
I was miserable! Guilt, shame , self-loathing, remorse and despair had become my constant companions. I felt like I was in a state of perpetual grief; I couldn’t think of one good thing to say about myself. I was terribly lonely, sad and depressed. I was so desperate to change my life…. the drinking that initially brought me relief a long time ago had now taken over my life and kept me in a constant state of misery.
Those first few months were hard at times….early on, some mornings I woke up feeling physically worse then when I was drinking. But I have to say that some days were wonderful simply because….I was doing it, I was going to bed sober and waking up with a clear conscience if not a clear head. I hung in there because the good people of LifeRing kept reminding me that there would be good days as well as bad days. I believed them.
Today is day 400 for me! That’s 399 days of going to bed sober!
So what is my life like today? My life is not perfect by any means….I still face challenges like everyone does, you know…stuff….
Increasing the awareness of AA alternatives is a slow and frustrating task. Headway is made one small step at a time. A recent article on the Huffington Post website marks one of those steps, this one authored by Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery. He writes:
“Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step groups are the leading U.S. approach to addiction recovery. Millions have attended these meetings and “worked the steps.” Popular media include countless references to AA-oriented recovery. Many scientific studies show that attending these meetings is associated with recovery.
“However, many individuals will not attend these meetings, or will not attend them long enough to solidify change. Their reasons include not wanting to accept the labels “addict” or “alcoholic,” not wanting to attend groups of any kind, not wanting to consider oneself powerless, not thinking of oneself as having a disease, or not wanting an approach that encourages lifelong attendance.”
Horvath goes on to mention the alternatives to AA, including LifeRing. See the whole article HERE