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 Herehttp://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:
How much does a ‘label’ matter in getting help?
Sunday, 15 December 2013 10:19
Written by Steve S
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.
Dr. B.J. Davis Talk on “What is Recovery?”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:07
Written by Craig W
A few years ago, Dr. B.J. Davis, clinical director of Strategies for Change, a Sacramento, CA, treatment facility, gave a talk to a LifeRing gathering. Davis is a fine motivational speaker among other accomplishments and has some important things to say about recovery. I’ve placed the talk on our video page, but thought I’d share it here, as well:
LifeRing is present at Treatment Professionals’ Annual Conference
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:20
Written by Craig W
LifeRing board member Jeff K. submitted the following report about his attendance at the annual CAADAC conference in Sacramento:
The 2013 Annual Conference of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors was held in Sacramento earlier in October and LifeRing was there! As in several past years, we set up a table in the Exhibit Hall, with flyers, newsletters, and books on display, as well as the all-important basket of Lifesaver candies to lure counselors to stop by and talk to us about recovery and about LifeRing. We had countless dozens of visitors, and interestingly most had heard of LifeRing already! Talking with folks, it became clear that a large hole in our meeting list is Southern California, and while online support reaches everywhere, it would be beneficial for all to see growth of face-to-face LifeRing meetings in this region. Many thanks to Bob and Jeff for paying for and manning the table, Carola for printing up stacks of (very popular!) LifeRing newsletters, and Robert for putting together the box of flyers and books! Donations of time and money like these, to reach out to professionals and get the word out, are what keeps LifeRing going and growing. –JeffK
LifeRing’s 2013 Annual Meeting: One for the History Books
Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:26
Written by Craig W
With members attending from far and near, the 2013 LifeRing Annual Meeting took place in Denver last weekend, May 31 to June 2. The weather cooperated with mostly clear skies and warm sunshine. Denver was bustling with downtown outdoor events, while our members joined together to strengthen the organization and learn more about addiction, recovery and our role in dealing with them.
I wrote a personal and light overview of the weekend which can be read by clicking here.
A great stride towards real democracy within LifeRing was made at this year’s LifeRing Congress, which adopted a bylaw amendment creating a system for absentee voting by delegates who are chosen by their meetings but can’t make the trip to the Annual Meeting. That provision was passed unanimously as the last bylaw change to be made without absentee voting. Another bylaw amendment was then passed along to be voted on by the membership, along with voting on who will fill four board of director seats. The amendment to be voted on by absentee ballots is a housekeeping change to increase the required quorum. for a board meeting from 4 to 5.
four board seats will be filled by the voters choosing between five candidates. You can read about the election and view statements from each of the candidates at our Election Centralarea of the website. Ballots have already been sent out to the delegates; they need to be returned by early July. Each candidate will be ranked by the voters and an instant runoff vote counting system will be employed to select the winners. The three most popular candidates will win three year terms of office and the next highest candidate will serve for two years, filling a seat left vacant by a resignation.