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New ‘In the Rooms’ LifeRing Video Meeting!

 

We could not be more thrilled to tell you that after months of work with our contact at In the Rooms, a well-established online recovery community, we have been invited to host a video meeting on their site right along with all the other groups currently available to anyone seeking recovery.

While In the Rooms is a derivative of and still largely dominated by the 12 Step meeting format, they have become increasingly open to multiple pathways to recovery, and we’re very thankful to them for including us along with other non-12 Step groups such as SMART Recovery and Women for Sobriety, among others.

LifeRing Chat Room Meeting convenor Penny Pulz took up the mantle of getting us set up there, and the first meeting was this past Tuesday. Here’s what she wants to tell us about how it went:

“Hi Lifers, 

Penny Pulz here. I did the first LifeRing meeting on InTheRooms on Tuesday. What a positive experience. We had 20 people there and they where thanking me for having another secular meeting on ITR. 

Some of the comments from the participants:

‘I like how you describe having a natural conversation instead of feeling like I could never speak.’

‘I like the simple Addict / Sober self and talking to the sober self.’

‘I like that ITR is having more choices, and I will be back next week.’

‘You were clear about what secular is.’

You could of knocked me over with a feather after the meeting. I was prepared wearing my negative deflector… My invisible ‘teflon raincoat’… It was an uplifting experience to hear that LifeRing is a welcome group on ITR.”

 

Here is all the meeting information:

When: Tuesdays at 9 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern

Wherehttps://www.intherooms.com/livemeetings/check?meeting_id=247

How: You have to sign up to become a member of InTheRooms first, and then you can click the link below to join the LifeRing meeting. To Register to join, go to: https://www.intherooms.com/public/register

The ITR LifeRing Meeting link: FYI: Once you’ve registered, please click on MyProfile, click on MyAccount, and choose what email notices you want and don’t want from InTheRooms.

Convenor: Penny Pulz

Contact Information: You can contact Penny via her ITR page at: (but again, you must be a Registered User on ITR to have access): https://www.intherooms.com/giddaymate

Or contact our Service Center via email to: service@lifering.org and we’ll be happy to assist you there!

We want to thank Penny especially for all of the time and effort she put into getting this meeting in place, along with our 2015-2016 Board Chair Byron Kerr for making the initial contact with ITR, and Board Members Craig Whalley and Robert Stump for their ongoing support and assistance to Penny. We’re so grateful to have you working to get LifeRing out to everyone who wants us!

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LifeRing Meeting Returns to Los Alamos, New Mexico!

 

We’re pleased to announce a meeting on hiatus for the past couple of years is returning to Los Alamos, New Mexico, beginning on January 11, 2017! Please see the meeting information below:

When: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Where: Los Alamos Unitarian Church, Room #2, 1738 N Sage Loop, Los Alamos, NM 87544  
Convenor: Chris B.

Contact Information: E-mail: sobercb@gmail.com

We’d like to welcome Chris back, and we wish him and all new/returning meeting members our best!

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Enjoying the Holidays: A Guest Blog

 

 

Pat McGraw, a counselor at The Prevention Coalition – a recovery support organization based in Southern California – sent us a lovely e-mail filled links to helpful resources out there for any of you who may find yourselves feeling stressed out and/or struggling through this holiday season.

Please check our Pat’s guest post with those links included, and please – reach out to and keep in close contact with your support groups and friends in recovery. And feel free to contact us here at LifeRing anytime via e-mail at service@lifering.org.

Many thanks to Pat for sharing this information with all of us, and to all of you, we wish you safe, healthy, happy, and peaceful holidays. 

 

Hello there,

While this is a joyful and busy time of the year for most, many people suffering from mental health issues or substance abuse disorder find the holidays to be a challenge.

As a counselor, I see a lot of my clients struggle with putting on a brave face during the winter holidays. For those in recovery, the parties and celebrations are rife with temptation (and explanation). For those suffering from depression and anxiety, the holidays can exacerbate feelings of despondence and agitation — which, unfortunately, can linger even after the holiday season is over.

In an effort to help those who are suffering find measures of comfort and reassurance, I have created a list of resources to share this list with your readers.

How about starting here:

http://lifering.org/2011/11/addiction-and-alcholism-beyond-12-steps/

 

25 Ways to Find Joy and Balance During the Holidays

 

Stronger than Ever: A Counseling Guide for the LGBTQ Community

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder During the Holidays

 

Stress, Depression and the Holidays: Tips for Coping

 

Avoiding Family Stress and conflict During the Holidays

 

Happy holidays.

 

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We Have 3 New LifeRing Meetings – and One in Idaho for the First Time!

 

We’re pleased to announce 3 new meetings are up and running, including the very first LifeRing meeting in the great Gem State, Idaho! Please see all the meeting information below.

 

When: Wednesdays at 12:15 PM

Where: Kaiser Hospital, 2nd Floor, A 27 Room 5, Vacaville, CA 95688

Convenor: Valerie R.

Contact Information: E-mail: 52valerie52@gmail.com

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When: Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Sunrise Centre, Modular, 630 Walnut Street, Alpena, MI 49707

Convenor: Matt R.

Contact Information: Phone: 231-445-2589, E-mail: rileymatt69@yahoo.com

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When: Saturdays at 11:00 AM

Where: Post Falls Library, 821 N Spokane Street, Post Falls, ID 83854

Convenor: Raven C.

Contact Information: E-mail: ravencrum13@gmail.com

 

We wish Valerie, Matt, Raven, and all new meeting members our very best!

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Craig Whalley’s Success Story Featured On Eminent Potential!

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Hey, everyone! Long time no see, huh?

Well, what can I tell you? I’ve gotten sucked into the all-things-Facebook vortex, that’s what. If you haven’t checked it out yet, we’re on Facebook, and guess who’s the “Page Manager”? (No, really. Guess! Haha) 

I’m not complaining, really – I’ve gained a boatload of fun and valuable skills in the process – but like the good little raccoon I am (ooooohhhh, look! Something shiny! **Toddles off to make whatever it may be my very own**), I tend to get a little…distracted. And, as such, you fine folks end up neglected.

And so, here I am, asking for both your forgiveness (pretty please?) and your renewed attention to the latest important thing in the LifeRing universe, and it’s this:

Eminent Potential, a new website focused on pairing people with recovery coaches open to multiple pathways – yay!, has featured our own Craig Whalley’s recovery story on their Success Stories page, and so  of course I want to share it with you!

Idn’t that thoughtful of me? Please click here to read Craig’s story.

On a personal note, I’d just like to say that if it weren’t for Craig getting sober – and starting up the LSR Safe e-mail group – I really have no idea where I’d be now. Maybe sober, but very likely not, and for that, he has my utmost respect, admiration, friendship, and love. Honestly, he has such a wealth of intelligence combined with staunch, and yet unusually gentle, supportiveness I started calling him “Yoda” after a while.

Anyway. Once again the blasted holidays (aka “Primary Excuses to Wreck Oneself If One Doesn’t First Check Oneself”) are coming up, so hold onto your lugnuts – it’s tiiiiiiiimmme for an overhaul!

See you again soon. 🙂

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