Category Archives: Events

Independence Day!

Lady Liberty

Wishing everyone who celebrates America’s independence a safe, healthy, happy, fun, and, most of all, sober holiday! I myself am not only celebrating the 4th of July, but also the fact that as of today, it’s been two years since I smoked my last cigarette, and that is a VERY big deal for me. I was deeply hooked on nicotine (at least as mixed in with all the other crap R.J. Reynolds puts in Camels), as much if not more so than alcohol, and I was damned addicted to that. I started when I was 12, and carried on for the next 28 years unabated. It took a couple of years’ worth of multiple and sundry tries, involving pretty much everything from Chantix to hypnotherapy, before I was finally able to stop; I chose Independence Day in which to do so because freedom from that addiction was my aim and goal, and I can’t begin to tell you how nice it’s been not to have those chains binding me anymore. :)

LifeRing Annual Conference a Big Success

LifeRing Congress 2014 Poster     Concluding yesterday, June 1, the 3-day LifeRing Annual Conference in Santa Rosa, CA, came off without a hitch. Here’s a brief summary of what happened (warning, it relies on the not-always-reliable memory of the author).
     Friday’s event was at the Arlene Francis Center, a funky, warm-hearted facility located on the wrong side of the tracks along with several shelters for homeless people. There, the early arrivals met for socializing and a convenor workshop. The socializing, as always happens at LifeRing gatherings, was lively and very talkative. There was a presentation on a large screen of a number of greetings sent by members or groups of members, both snapshots and brief videos. Despite a few technical glitches, the greetings were very well received and established a precedent that I hope will be continued at future conferences.

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The Annual LifeRing Conference is Fast Approaching!

It’s time to get serious about planning to attend the LifeRing Annual Conference! It will be held from May 30 through June 1 in beautiful Santa Rosa, California. Hotels and motels fill up this time of year, so book now!

 

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On Friday, the schedule contains a convenor workshop, a discussion of growing LifeRing, and a “LifeRing Selfie Festival” at the end of the day. It will take place at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St, at the corner of Sixth and Wilson Streets. Sunday events, also at the Arlene Francis Center, include the annual LifeRing Congress of Delegates, a Board workshop and Board meeting. All LifeRing members are invited to attend, of course.

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Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa, CA

Saturday’s events, the heart of the annual gathering, will be held at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa. Saturday will feature a roster of speakers that is still being finalized — it will be announced soon.  The Saturday evening banquet will also be held at the Glaser Center.

We will be posting material about the details of the Conference soon on this website and in the blog.  Stay tuned. but reserve that weekend for LifeRing Secular Recovery as we try to turn the fabled “Wine Country” into the “Sobriety Country!”

Admission to the conference carries a suggested donation of $30, $10 for students. It’s a donation, not a fee, so nobody will be turned away. The Saturday evening banquet does have a fee — $26.

 

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Buy a T-Shirt and Support LifeRing

Byron Kerr, a very active LifeRing founder of new meetings and newly chosen Board of Directors member, has launched a fund raising campaign for LifeRing offering tshirts on a website called Tfund.com. See the link Here http://www.tfund.com/LifeRingSR. By clicking on the link, people can order their own shirts and the proceeds will come to the LifeRing Service Center. The deadline for this fundraiser event is January 3, 2014. Here’s the shirt design:

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How much does a ‘label’ matter in getting help?

Dr. John Kelly

By “label,” I’m talking about what we, what society, and what the treatment industry calls someone who has an alcohol or drugs problem.

Often, that label is “substance abuser,” a labeling that Harvard’s Dr. John Kelly, an associate professor of psychology, said can be harmful indeed.

He says that label adds to stigmatization of people with an addiction, not just in society in general but among people at the Ph.D. level of study in psychology or related disciplines, including people planning on entering addiction counseling and substance abuse treatment work.

At a White House meeting, Kelly specifically told the federal “drug abuse czar” that, from the top down, the country’s frontline people in dealing with addiction need to work on changing their labeling vocabulary.