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LifeRinger Candice Shelby, Ph.D Publishes New Book!

Addiction Candice Shelby

 

Candice Shelby Ph.D, a longtime LifeRing convenor in Denver and presenter/speaker at numerous LifeRing conferences over the years, has published a new textbook, Addiction: A Philosophical Perspective”.

 In addition to being the author of this blog’s most commented upon post, “Addicts are NOT Powerless from January 2011 (apparently there’s been…disagreement from some readers about what that statements means), Shelby is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver and has been studying addiction from a philosophical perspective for several years.

As mentioned, she has given presentations at past LifeRing Annual Meetings in Denver, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa. She has also taught seminars in the Philosophy of Addiction and has presented papers nationally and internationally. This Spring, she will travel to Italy and China to teach classes on the Philosophy of Addiction.

 Shelby’s theory of addiction is unique because it does not reduce it to either a moral or a medical interpretation, but incorporates many perspectives, including the sociological, the scientific and the personal. Her book celebrates secular paths to recovery without disparaging the more religious approaches. It has received enthusiastic reviews by other philosophers who specialize in the study of addiction.

Needless to say, those of us* who know Candice are delighted at the publication of her book and are looking forward to the next one!

To read more about or purchase a copy of Shelby’s book, please visit her book page here on Amazon.

*Thanks to Kathleen Gargan, LifeRing Denver convenor and Board of Directors member, for the bulk of this post’s text and giving us the head’s up about the book!

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Pssst! Tweet Tweet? We’re On Twitter!

Twitterbird

 

‘Tis true – LifeRing has had a Twitter account for quite a while but it’s not gotten off the ground until now, thanks to longtime LifeRinger Annie S. from Ireland stepping up to take it as high as it can go!

Here’s a few words from Annie about her time in LifeRing, and her hopes and goals for what our Twitter account can become:

“Greetings from SW Ireland.  I’m Annie S., and I’m trying to repay an enormous debt of gratitude to LifeRing by doing a little outreach for us all from the cockpit of the @LifeRing Twitter account.  I first came across LifeRing while serving a sentence on an AA recovery programme that was making me wretched.  After a desperate search on Google, I fired off an email thinking this LifeRing group has got to be too good to be true.  But within hours I had a hand of friendship back across the ocean and into my mailbox from Craig Whalley. Amazingly, he was able to tell me from California where I could find a LifeRing workbook in the facility I was in in Dublin. I have never looked back.  Despite a few wobbles in the intervening years, I have spent almost all my time in sobriety and am now approaching 2 years unbroken sobriety. 

Craig however is no use to us at all on Twitter and must be the owner of the most neglected account there that I have ever seen.  Which leads me to the thing I would really like to say to anyone who reads this paragraph: If you are on Twitter, please follow the @LifeRing account.  If you are not on Twitter think about registering now.  Then tell all your friends to follow @LifeRing and send any recovery related tweets to it that you can.  I will re-tweet them to our followers.  You can retweet the @LifeRing tweets and ‘heart’ them.  I know, that might seem puerile but in fact it’s not.  Twitter, despite all the negative press it gets, is one of the most powerful communications platforms on earth and has helped many deserving causes to achieve things they could never have otherwise.  But you already knew that.

If we work it properly, together we can – directly and indirectly – reach literally millions of stranded, desperate people who might benefit as much as we all have from @LifeRing – if only they knew about it. The ‘opposition’ have gazillions of followers there, natch.  If we all put our shoulders to the Twitter wheel it’s not by any means overreaching for @LifeRing to aim for 100k followers within two years. Right now we have, er, 265.  So there is a wee bit of work to be done.  Help me out here, yes?”

Annie’s already breathed vital new life into it – so by all means, Follow us. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

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There’s a New LifeRing Meeting In Napa, CA – And a Great Story Behind It

Showing Up

Sometimes getting a new meeting started requires a little extra boldness and a lotta extra perseverance, and our newest meeting in Napa, California is no exception. 

It starts, of course, with people, and in this case it started with LifeRing’s Board of Directors Chairman and San Jose meetings convenor Byron Kerr, with help from the meeting’s starting convenor, D’Ann G.. Here’s Byron’s story, along with meeting details below:

“Four years ago I drove to Napa, CA on a beautiful autumn day to attend their annual Recovery Faire, sponsored by the Napa County Health and Human Services Department. Upon arriving, I approached the registration table and introduced myself as a LifeRing convenor. I asked permission of the people at the registration table to distribute LifeRing brochures and literature. They gave me permission and even offered me a table for the event. I declined the table stating that I was not prepared for that level of participation.

I entered the Recovery Faire and was enjoying myself introducing LifeRing, sharing literature, and sharing stories when the director of Napa HHS approached me and asked me to stop distributing LifeRing literature. I left the event shortly after.

Thursday night I returned to Napa at the invitation of Napa County HHS to introduce LifeRing to a county sponsored event. I drove four hours in El Niño driven storms and horrendous Bay Area traffic to get there on time. I was met there by D’Ann G. from the Sonoma county LifeRing community who also braved the storm. We conducted an introductory session and convened the first LifeRing meeting in a Napa County facility. This was the same campus where I was asked to stop distributing LifeRing literature four years earlier.

The lesson here is perseverance and tenacity.”

Therefore, we are pleased to announce the following meeting information:

When: Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Napa County Health and Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Services, 2344 Old Sonoma Road, Bldg. C, Napa, California 94559

Convenor: D’Ann G.

Contact Information: Phone: (707) 596-8860, Email: liferingsr@gmail.com

Our heartiest thanks go out to Byron and D’Ann, and we wish this meetings convenor and members all the best!

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It’s All Fun and Games: I Just…I Just…I Just…

Aw, gyad, I can’t.

**Sigh**

Apparently, 2016 is (trigger warning – alcohol is prominently featured in the link attached) “The Year of the Hard Soda” wars. That’s right – alcoholic sodas are poised to become all the rage, and the best part is they’re really not supposed to have that icky alcohol aftertaste. All the better to drink it down like soda pop then, m’dearies – now you can make really good root beer floats.

But wait, isn’t soda pop eeeeeevviiiiillll?

**Crickets**

Oh, I see, so that’s how it is, huh? Great, what’s next? Twizzlers flavored vodkas and gin-soaked gummy bears? Wonka bars that instead of golden tickets come packaged with coupons for 35% off your next purchase of Willy’s Special Dark Chocolate Oompa Loompa Liqueur?!

OK, OK. I get it, calm down **puts head between knees, blows slowly in and out of a paper bag**.

This is just how normal people drink, that’s all.  It’s all just good, clean, fun.

Well, blech! Ptooey on their fun, I say! And thank gyad today is National Carrot Cake Day. Here’s a great recipe if you wanna make your own.

I know I do.   🙂

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Coming Into the Home Stretch: A Holiday Primer

You Can Survive Christmas too (2)

 

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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