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!
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.
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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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:
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.
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: