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A Superabundance of LifeRing Events Coming Up!

The next few weeks are very busy for LifeRing, with events occurring in several places almost at the same time. Here’s a rundown:

–On Sept. 3oth, LifeRing will be represented at the Recovery Happens event in Sonoma Country, north of San Francisco. The event happens that Sunday at Franklin Park, 2095 Franklin Ave. in the city of Santa Rosa. The event is a celebration of recovery and will be attended by members of a variety of groups. LifeRing will have a table to display brochures and books and to meet interested people. The outdoor event will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will include a softball tournament, activities for kids and a BBQ lunch.

–The annual CAADAC conference (California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors) will be held Oct. 4-7 in San Diego. LifeRing has consistently tried to have a table at that event which, of course, attracts many of the people who serve clients with an interest in having a choice in their recovery support. This year is no exception as two LifeRingers will journey to San Diego and attempt to bring our message to any and all there.

— On Oct. 4th, a new LifeRing meeting is launched in Santa Rosa, CA. It will continue to meet every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in Classroom #2 of the Unitarian/Universalist Church at 547 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401. More information can be obtained from the meeting’s convenor, Byron K., at or by phone at 925.922.3553.

— On Oct. 5th, a Friday, LifeRing’s founding leader, Martin Nicolaus, will attend a LifeRing meeting in Modesto, CA, at their regular “First Friday” gathering where each month speakers appear to bring their own stories of recovery to the audience and answer questions and participate in discussion. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at 500 N. Ninth Modesto (described as “near MJC between Tully and Carver”). Nicolaus, who wrote all three of the books used by LifeRing, will be celebrating 20 years of sobriety in October.

LifeRing Exhibits at Tucson Conference

Two long-time LifeRing volunteers carried our message to the Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference in Tucson, AZ. The event ran from Aug. 20-23. Tim Reith (pictured), a LifeRing board member and meeting convenor in Tucson headed the effort, helped by former LifeRing board member Chet Gardner. Tim reports:

I think things went pretty well.  … There seemed to be some interest in secular alternatives.  Many people stopped by and commented that so many clients/patients are requesting CHOICE.  Many people at least took brochures and some other free hand-outs that we had.

I had a very interesting discussion with a Native American who started out in AA and now has a group of his own that is sort of like AA but not quite.  He talked about the two wolves that reside in each of us:  The white wolf and the black wolf. Now does that sound familiar?  🙂  I wound up donating two books to him for his tribal group in the San Diego area.  I have his email and website and I plan to keep in touch with him.  We must have talked for nearly an hour.  I think the Native American population is a promising one for LifeRing.  They have a “spiritual” concept, but it is more like the spirit that resides in each of them.  I think we could work with that.

State Senator Linda J. Lopez stopped by and was quite enthusiastic.  She suggested that we contact the Marana Correctional Facility (NW of Tucson) and that there could be some interest there. I will follow up with her by email.
I also spoke at some length to a representative from Palo Verde Hospital. … Palo Verde was one of many facilities that we sent material to, but alas, with no response.  I mentioned that but she said it probably went to the wrong person. Anyway, she was interested enough to extend me an invitation to come by and pitch LifeRing to their staff.  I have the contact person and will follow up.

Spread the Word! The “What is Recovery?’ Survey is Coming Soon!

LifeRing is excited to partner with federally funded scientists on the first nationwide survey about recovery from alcohol and other drug problems.  Specifically, the project’s goal is to learn how people experience and define recovery.  This has never been done before.  Note that for this project, the word “recovery” is used as a general term to describe the experience of anyone who used to have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs and no longer does, not just people who consider themselves ‘in recovery’.
For the survey results to be as useful as possible to the recovery community and to the field in general, it is very important that as many people as possible participate in the project, and that the researchers get responses from a broad range of individuals and experiences.
To that end, LifeRing is pleased to be one of several organizations nationwide that are helping the study team get the word out about the survey by informing you about the project. The 20 minute anonymous survey will be administered on the web at the project’s website starting on July 16, 2012.  Your answers will be kept strictly confidential and all the results reported in group form. We’ll remind you of this important survey closer to the date, but you can visit the website now to get a taste of it.
Your experiences are important!  We hope that you will consider taking the survey to contribute to this landmark project.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kathleen Gargan at


LifeRing Annual Meeting Set for May 11, 12, 13 in San Francisco

Every year, LifeRing holds a get-together to handle organization matters, hear guest speakers, and get a chance for us all to come together to enjoy each others company.

The 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in San Francisco on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 11, 12, and 13. Friday and Saturday events will be at the LGBT Center at 1800 Market St., near the Castro, Mission and Hayes Valley neighborhoods. Sunday’s gathering will be at the nearby Alano Club at 1748 Market St.

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Come to the LifeRing meetings at CAADAC!

LifeRing will be holding two special meetings this week at the CAADAC 31st Annual Conference at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento! CAADAC is the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and this is a big chance to get the word out about LifeRing to counselors from all over the State. We want to show them what a LifeRing meeting is like.

The meetings are at:

7 AM to 8 AM Thursday September 29
7 AM to 8 AM Saturday October 1

Bondi Room
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Downtown Sacramento
1230 J Street, at 13th Street
Just two blocks from the K and 10th Light Rail Hub.
You should be able to find street parking near the capitol or in one of the many nearby parking garages.
If you can give others a ride, please do! Those who attend the meetings do get attendance credit.