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An Invitation: Alternative Roads to Recovery Telesummit



Hey, everyone. How’s it going? I hope you’re all well, but however you are, I’m glad you’re here. Honestly, and not because I’m about to tout something (‘cuz…I am), but because if you’re here, then it means you’re a seeker, someone open, someone dedicated to finding what works for you, and not afraid to use it!

Perhaps LifeRing’s it, perhaps it’s not quite it but just one piece of your recovery program, perhaps it’s still a puzzle you’re trying to put together – and that’s not a bad thing.

There’s been lots of talk lately about “multiple pathways to recovery”, and it’s been music to my ears. This wasn’t necessarily the case when I got started on my own journey – in fact, it took some real digging through the labyrinthine interwebs just to find LifeRing. At the time it seemed if it was that difficult, then it must be a dubious source of sobriety support. I waded in cautiously, but even then something about it just…felt…right. So I dove in headfirst, and I’ve never looked back.

Now I consider all the other folks who found LifeRing and other means of support such as (just to name a few) S.O.S., SMART Recovery, or Rational Recovery way earlier than I did as sources of not just personal inspiration but a testament to something else, something far more important: They were, and are, pioneers in addiction recovery. Living, breathing examples that what they’ve done, walking whatever path they’ve chosen, works for them. The fact that their lives – and the lives of their families, friends, co-workers, and society in general – were and are improved for the better is reason enough alone to prove those paths legit, and that that’s all that really matters.

Somewhere along the line other folks,  both in and out of the greater recovery community, took notice and have come to the conclusion that this is OK to do. In fact, the concept has gotten so much attention and gained such unprecedented importance it’s now a movement, peopled by those deeply committed to saving as many lives as possible, who are open to the reality that people need all the help they can get, in any way that works for them.

One such person is a guy by the name of William White, a professional researcher with a Masters in Addiction Studies who’s worked in the addiction treatment and research fields since 1969 and was one of the first to get on board with the multiple pathways concept. (He’s also the author of a book some of you may have heard of – or even read – called “Slaying the Dragon – The History of Addiction and Recovery in America”.)

He also writes about all kinds of different things recovery-related on his blog, The William White Papers. In a recent post of his I found that he’s taken the concept even further, one that many of us have been living in our own recoveries for years now as well, and that’s of a recovery mosaic. A bright, colorful mishmash that’s not a “pathway” so much as as of little dabs of this and nice dollops of that, all melded together to create one beautiful, harmonious whole. It doesn’t necessarily mean just meetings or other mutual support aids anymore, either – it includes mindfulness practices, yoga, Buddhist teachings, hot wax therapies

OK, not the hot wax, but anyhoo, you get the idea. And so…if you’re looking for ways to create, or expand, your own mosaic/pathway, I’m most happy to let you know that LifeRing will be participating in a 5-day telesummit coming up on August 15 – 19th. Hosted by Recovery Life Management’s Beverly Sartain, it’s called “Alternative Roads to Recovery”, and along with us several other recovery groups/resources will participate, such as:

Online Recovery Communities
HAMS (Harm-reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support)
Intuition in Recovery
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Medication-assisted Treatment
Mentorship in Recovery
Mindfulness Based Recovery
Says Beverly (from the ARR website):
Alternative Roads To Recovery encourages men and women to find a recovery practice that works for them. Very often, that recovery practice is made up of many different systems and support. I’ll share my own journey with alternatives that had me celebrating 10 years of recovery this year with no relapses, EVER!

Sounds kinda nice, doesn’t it? If you want to check it out, please have a gander at this link here: Alternative Roads to Recovery.

And if you attend, I’d love to hear how it went (and even if you don’t, I love hearing from you anyway)!

🙂 Bobbi C.





2016 Election Results Are In!

The 2016 LifeRing election is complete, and here are the results:

Three seats on the LifeRing Board of Directors were open for three-year terms. Three candidates were on the ballot. All three candidates were approved by the LifeRing general delegation. The effect of Instant Runoff Voting tabulation results in each candidate receiving 100% of the vote cast.

The candidates elected in alphabetical order are George Gidora from LifeRing Canada, Harold Marquez from LifeRing Sacramento, and Rob Mullally from LifeRing San Diego.

The amendment to section 6.12. was approved. The new language modifies the existing language as follows: “If a Board member is absent from three or more board meetings in any twelve-month period, or persistently and substantially acts in a way that injures the good name of the organization, the remaining directors, upon giving at least thirty days written notice and opportunity to be heard, by their unanimous vote may remove that director from the Board.

The amendment to section 5.4.1. was approved. The new language modifies the existing language as follows: “Each delegate’s name, contact information, and basis of eligibility for serving as a delegate shall be registered with the Registrar, who will set the registration deadline; this will be published three months in advance of Congress.

We’re thrilled to have all three new BOD members aboard – welcome George, Harold, and Rob – and we thank all who participated in the election process and everyone for their patience in awaiting the results.

For more information, please check out our official Congress page here.





Multiple Pathways Goes To Washington…

Moving Up

Well, alright, not Washington exactly, but to events influenced and inspired by Washington, which is to say…this summer’s political party conventions.

More specifically (and most importantly),, the organizers of these events, has invited Tom McHale, LifeRing meetings convenor in Petoskey, Michigan and major recovery advocate working tirelessly in that state to advance multiple pathways, to participate in Multiple Recovery Pathways for Addiction Solutions sharing the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month.

Per information Tom shared:

     Interest in Multiple Recovery Pathways is moving into the public arena and has been selected to be one of the topics at the Republican National Convention Caucus for Addiction Solutions.  Tom McHale, Peer Recovery Support Service Coordinator for the NMSAS Recovery Center in Gaylord, Michigan has been asked to provide information to the Caucus when they gather in July. 

     This invitation follows the work Mr. McHale and NMSAS Peer Recovery Coaches have been doing in northern Michigan over the past several years to nurture the development of  and spread the message of the availability of multiple recovery pathways for people seeking  to reduce or eliminate alcohol and/or drug use. The movement recognizes diverse needs of those seeking recovery and that the availability and support of multiple pathways leads not only to creating more opportunities for recovery but healthier communities. 

     An initiative currently underway in Alpena, Benzie and Manistee Counties called the Healthy Communities Campaign is designed to increase availability of multiple pathways in those communities, enhance community understanding of recovery and to create recovery supportive communities, and enhance the network of trained peer recovery coaches.  This initiative is funded by Northern Michigan Regional Entity.

Tom also says he’ll put in a plug for LifeRing if an opportunity presents itself. 😀

Multiple Recovery Pathways will also be represented at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the end of this month.

We wish Tom and all the other participants in this months’ events all the best, and are looking forward to seeing their impact down the road.



New LifeRing Meeting at Laguna Honda Hospital In San Francisco!

Laguna Honda Hospital

LifeRing is proud and pleased as punch to announce a new meeting, open to patients and the public, at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco beginning next Wednesday, July 6th. Every new meeting is a big deal to us, but this meeting has especially important story behind it we’d like to tell you about, as well.

Per the meeting’s convenor, LifeRing Board of Directors Chair Byron Kerr:

“The exciting thing about this is that the City of San Francisco invited LifeRing to begin this meeting, which sends an implicit endorsement of LifeRing support to the recovery world. Laguna Honda Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Department of Public Health of the City & County of San Francisco, invited LifeRing to begin support meetings at the hospital in April of 2015. After more than a year of discussion, access badging, volunteer orientation, and interviews from both perspectives, we are ready to start.”

Check out the meeting information below:

When: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, beginning on July 6th

WhereLaguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, 1st Floor Art Studio, 375 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco , CA 94116

Convenor: Byron Kerr

Contact Information: Telephone: 925-922-3553 E-mail:

Our sincerest thanks go out to the Department of Public Health, City and County of San Francisco, and to Laguna Honda Hospital for inviting us to serve their patients and community. Congratulations to Byron and all new meeting members – we wish you all the best!


LifeRing London Now Has a Blog of Its Own

LifeRing London


Hey there again, dear blog readers – just another little FYI to feed your Friday fancy: Lee C., LifeRing London’s amazing multiple meetings starter and convenor (there are now 4 – count ’em – 4 meetings in the London area thanks to him!), has started his own blog at and wants you all to know you’re invited to go on over and check it out, so please do!