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The Essential Recovery Toolkit

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Hi Everyone,

Since I’ve been fiddling around while Rome burns (i.e. working very, very, slowly on new blog pieces), I’d like to direct you to a new page placed on our website today that, in my humble opinion, is truly the most remarkable collection of recovery toolkits I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Made up of real tools contributed by LifeRing members, including links to LifeRing-related tools here at lifering.org, it’s the perfect starting place for newcomers, go-to for those in early recovery, and a great refresher for those long-timers who can use one.

Please have a look-see at it here:

LifeRing Recovery Toolkit

Enjoy!

:) Bobbi C.

LifeRing Is Social, Friends

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears!

Did you know LifeRing’s on Facebook and Twitter? We are! We are! We have our official organization Facebook page as well as several national/international Facebook pages begun by groups around the world along with our Twitter feed.

And we want you to Like us, to reeeaaallly Like us – and Comment and Share! Follow the links below to all of our Facebook pages, and Follow and Re-Tweet us on Twitter @LifeRing :

LifeRing Main Page

LifeRing Akron (Akron, Ohio)

LifeRing Canada

LifeRing Cork Group (Ireland)

LifeRing Danmark (Denmark)

LifeRing Ireland

LifeRing Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)

LifeRing NI (Northern Ireland)

LifeRing Sverige (Sweden)

LifeRing Umeå (Sweden)

LifeRing Vancouver (Canada)

Thanks! Thumbs Up 

Bobbi C.

 

Links For a Week!

Hi friends. I’ll be heading off to Colorado to try my hand, for the fourth time, at skiing (yipes) and thus will not be around to post anything for a while, so! I thought I would leave you with a weeks’ worth of delightful links to chew on.

And a-waaaaa-ay we go!

 

*Do you live in Northern Ireland? Are you looking for support there, including in a face-to-face meeting? Look no further – LifeRing Northern Ireland is there! For more information, please visit their website and/or Facebook pages:

www.liferingni.com/

www.facebook.com/LiferingNi

*This article’s been all over the web for a coupla weeks now (link to follow), but I still feel compelled to offer my two cents on it. Therefore, please enjoy the following mini rant from me:
  • I find this article overly simplistic in it’s “discovery” of the “real reason” for addiction, A). because yes, while finding a better “room” in which to spend one’s time helps immensely, 2). Some scientist isn’t in charge of controlling your drug habit or changing your environment – you are. And, let’s face it – I’m sure rats have some choices to make in their lives, but given the choice between rooms, how many of them would or do voluntarily go to another one to begin with?
  • I also find it interesting that so many posting in the comments boiled the article down to being the reason why AA is the perfect example of finding a better room, whereas I see ANY recovery group being able to provide the same supportive experience. LifeRing certainly did for me.

Anyhoo, any thoughts on this one?

www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addiction

*Today marks the one year anniversary of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death from a drug overdose. The  performances he would’ve given will be missed for years to come, but here’s an excellent, spot on synopsis of each of the roles he played throughout his career:

thedissolve.com/features/career-view/890-the-epic-uncool-of-philip-seymour-hoffman/

*Mini-rant, part deux:

An in depth, well-researched and well-written article about the state of heroin addiction treatment in America. In many ways, this article reiterates what I’ve believed for a long time about addiction, which is that if it is a disease (and of course for many that’s entirely debatable), then why is it not being treated medically, as all other diseases are? For example, can you imagine treating mental illness, diabetes, or even cancer with, in large part, a spiritual solution? I know I can’t, and I also know that works well for some, but not for all. I think this article accurately demonstrates why:

projects.huffingtonpost.com/dying-to-be-free-heroin-treatment

*With that, the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has changed its definition of recovery, and SAMHSA (the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration) has redefined recovery, as well – all of which bodes well for secular and other recovery treatment resources:

www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/the-addiction-therapists-guide-to-change-in-the-21st-century/

*Finally, eine kleine recovery humor – I would highly recommend the South Park clip at the top of the first page:

recoveryhumor.com/

Have a good one! :)

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Linkapalooza!

Here’s a few links to some interesting articles on the web ~ have a look-see if you need something to help keep you occupied this weekend, and have a good one!

Even if Christmas and the last year are over, this is still a great list of books:

http://ideas.ted.com/2014/12/16/books-worth-reading-this-holiday-recommended-by-bill-gates-susan-cain-and-more/

Like to cook but find so many recipes call for alcohol? Here’s a fabulous list of substitutions you can use instead:

http://whatscookingamerica.net/alcoholsub.htm

Are you a Highly-Sensitive Person (HSP)?

http://reset.me/story/highly-sensitive-person-need-know-science-personality-type/

This one’s been all over the web for the past coupla weeks, but in case you haven’t seen it, here you go:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/health/alcohol-poisoning-kills-6-americans-a-day-federal-report-finds.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

And last but not least -holy crap, I got the “MacArthur Genius Grant”:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/what-major-award-should-you-get#.ppPPZjpJP

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Of Possible Interest: Headspace

So, last week I visited my Shrinky Dink (i.e. psychiatrist) and told her of my intention to spend the next year learning how to think in new, better, and more positive ways, chiefly through the aids of meditation and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). She was extremely encouraging, and made the suggestion that sometimes meditation can be overwhelming to some people (i.e. like me), so it might be wise to dip one’s toe in the meditation pool and then immerse themselves from there.

One tool she thought might be helpful is a website called Headspace, which helps one ease into the practice of learning how to observe one’s mind and gently focus oneself as a means of taking a break not only from the hubbub of general brain activity but also the hecticness of daily life. I decided to give it a try – and thought perhaps some of you might be interested in it as well.

You can either head directly to the website and sign up there or you can download their app on the device of your choice you prefer. The introductory tools and sessions are free – a very good and preferable price!

I downloaded the app on my phone and am now on Day 6 of their introductory “training course”, which consists of taking 10 minutes out of the day to settle down and listen to Andy the narrator-slash-meditation and mindfulness expert walk you through each day in his delightful and calming voice, complete with British accent, and so far so good. 

Hope your New Year is coming along nicely, and wishing you a Happy Tuesday the 13th! :)

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