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Multiple Pathways Goes To Washington…

Moving Up

Well, alright, not Washington exactly, but to events influenced and inspired by Washington, which is to say…this summer’s political party conventions.

More specifically (and most importantly), facingaddiction.org, the organizers of these events, has invited Tom McHale, LifeRing meetings convenor in Petoskey, Michigan and major recovery advocate working tirelessly in that state to advance multiple pathways, to participate in Multiple Recovery Pathways for Addiction Solutions sharing the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month.

Per information Tom shared:

     Interest in Multiple Recovery Pathways is moving into the public arena and has been selected to be one of the topics at the Republican National Convention Caucus for Addiction Solutions.  Tom McHale, Peer Recovery Support Service Coordinator for the NMSAS Recovery Center in Gaylord, Michigan has been asked to provide information to the Caucus when they gather in July. 

     This invitation follows the work Mr. McHale and NMSAS Peer Recovery Coaches have been doing in northern Michigan over the past several years to nurture the development of  and spread the message of the availability of multiple recovery pathways for people seeking  to reduce or eliminate alcohol and/or drug use. The movement recognizes diverse needs of those seeking recovery and that the availability and support of multiple pathways leads not only to creating more opportunities for recovery but healthier communities. 

     An initiative currently underway in Alpena, Benzie and Manistee Counties called the Healthy Communities Campaign is designed to increase availability of multiple pathways in those communities, enhance community understanding of recovery and to create recovery supportive communities, and enhance the network of trained peer recovery coaches.  This initiative is funded by Northern Michigan Regional Entity.

Tom also says he’ll put in a plug for LifeRing if an opportunity presents itself. 😀

Multiple Recovery Pathways will also be represented at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the end of this month.

We wish Tom and all the other participants in this months’ events all the best, and are looking forward to seeing their impact down the road.

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On LifeRing’s 2016 Conference: The Opposite of Addiction Is Connection

Well, my dear blog friends, you’ve waited long enough. 

As you know, LifeRing held its annual conference earlier this month in beautiful San Diego this year, and I know you’ve been dying to hear aaaaallll about it…

Before we get started, though, my sense of propriety requires that I must warn you that I thought in order to share the immediacy of these events with the wider LifeRing world – since in addition to being the blogstress I’m now LifeRing’s “Facebook person” and everything – that it would be a good idea to try being one of these live Facebooker people and post stuff on our Facebook page as the conference went along.

I mean, how hard can it be, amiright? Yeah!

I even downloaded a nifty app that allows one to access more than one social media account at a time on their smart phones, which I’m happy to report works like a charm. (Honestly. I give it 5 stars!) I proceeded to take pictures, and then spent hours trying to upload them and post them to Facebook with limited degrees of success.

Therefore, you get to enjoy the sucky pics I took in all their bleary-eyed glory* (thanks again to Dan Carrigan for getting a coupla great shots). 

So, here it is – my take on things, for the second year running**. Thilling, idn’t it?

 

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Counting Down to the LifeRing Annual Conference in 5…4…3…

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Hey again, everyone!

As mentioned in my last post, I just wanted to remind those of you exclusive blog readers who might still be considering it that our Annual Conference starts this Friday, June 3rd, in San Diego, you’re still invited, and it’s not too late to register to attend! Check out the information here, and hope to see you there!

Going or not going, it’s all good! Either way, here’s a link to an insightful interview I think you might enjoy from The Fix with Tracey Helton Mitchell, one of our featured speakers this year, about her take on long term recovery and her book published in March, “The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin”. In addition to discussing her own history with addiction and recovery, part of which includes using LifeRing, she now spends a great deal of her time helping others in their journeys toward long term recovery, as well, and I look forward to hearing her talk.

I’ll be headed to the conference with my DH (Dear Husband) and will faithfully report back here about how it all went down later this month (I’m now large and in charge of the LifeRing Quarterly Newsletter, which you’ll also be seeing later this month, as well), but I’ll be posting some “live updates” during the conference on Saturday on our Facebook page too, so feel free to check that out if you get a chance.

See you on the flip side! 🙂

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Coming Into the Home Stretch: A Holiday Primer

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Well friends, one week it’s Thanksgiving, the next week it’s Christmas, and suddenly another year has gone by, you know? And as joyful and as much fun as coming down the home stretch can be, even if you don’t celebrate it it can also be a painful, stressful bee-yatch, so take heart – LifeRing won’t abandon you now, either!

Here, then, is a reminder of all the ways we’ll be here for you throughout the remainder of the holiday season:

Our chat room will be open at all hours, and with ginormous thanks to him, meeting convenor Tim S. will be hosting the online Dual Recovery meeting on both Thursday the 24th (Christmas Eve) and the following Thursday the 31st (New Year’s Eve) at  (6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern)

We have several other online support venues available 24/7/365, so if you’re not already a member of any of them, please feel free to check our e-mail groups here, our Ning Social Network Forum here, and our web forum here. Even if you don’t feel like actively participating, sometimes just reading through posts new and old helps you feel less alone or anxious.

Finally, sometimes you just need a few words of humor and wisdom to see you through, so here’s a list of 10 Funny and Heartwarming Quotes to Help You Survive the Holidays.

In the meantime, we wish you safe, healthy, peaceful and warm holidays, and whatever you do, DD/UNMW and you’ll be alright. 🙂

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Making Plans: A Thanksgiving Survival Kit

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If next Thursday will be your 1st Thanksgiving Day clean and sober or your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 20th, then you might be looking forward to it with anticipation, dread – and possibly both, with a dose of anxiety added in for good measure. While we hope it will be a most pleasant holiday for you, it still comes laden with multiple stresses and people determined to mix alcohol along with their bird, so it’s good to have a plan in place to keep your Sobriety Priority above all else (and pass the gravy, please).

First, a friendly reminder to our face-to-face meeting attendees whose groups may normally get together on Thursdays, please check in with your meeting convenor to find out if the meeting will still take place on Thanksgiving Day – and convenors, please do your best to let your fellow group members know if yours won’t.

But never fear – LifeRing’s still here!

Our chat room will be open at all hours, and with huge thanks to him, meeting convenor Tim S. will be hosting the online Dual Recovery meeting on Thursday evening (6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern).

We have several other online support venues available 24/7/365, so if you’re not already a member of any of them, please feel free to check our e-mail groups here, our Ning Social Network Forum here, and our web forum here. Even if you don’t feel like actively participating, sometimes just reading through posts new and old helps enormously.

Finally, here’s a great blog post that lists 15 excellent ways you can survive Thanksgiving and move on unscathed!

Whatever you do, DD/UNMW (Don’t Drink or Use No Matter What), remember you’re not alone, and take good care – you can do it!

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