Category Archives: Information

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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Making Plans: A Thanksgiving Survival Kit

I'm Not A Turkey

 

If next Thursday will be your 1st Thanksgiving Day clean and sober or your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 20th, then you might be looking forward to it with anticipation, dread – and possibly both, with a dose of anxiety added in for good measure. While we hope it will be a most pleasant holiday for you, it still comes laden with multiple stresses and people determined to mix alcohol along with their bird, so it’s good to have a plan in place to keep your Sobriety Priority above all else (and pass the gravy, please).

First, a friendly reminder to our face-to-face meeting attendees whose groups may normally get together on Thursdays, please check in with your meeting convenor to find out if the meeting will still take place on Thanksgiving Day – and convenors, please do your best to let your fellow group members know if yours won’t.

But never fear – LifeRing’s still here!

Our chat room will be open at all hours, and with huge thanks to him, meeting convenor Tim S. will be hosting the online Dual Recovery meeting on Thursday evening (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 enormously.

Finally, here’s a great blog post that lists 15 excellent ways you can survive Thanksgiving and move on unscathed!

Whatever you do, DD/UNMW (Don’t Drink or Use No Matter What), remember you’re not alone, and take good care – you can do it!

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Another New Meeting in Bromley, Greater London UK!

Bromley Green

We first posted about a couple of new meetings starting up in the Greater London, UK borough of Bromley in July, and we’re thrilled to report they’re doing so well that another meeting has been added!

Here’s the information:

When: Thursdays at 2:00 PM, starting this week

Where: Bromley Recovery Service, Norton House*, 26-32 High Street, Bromley, Greater London BR1 1EA

Convenor: Jenny W.

Contact Information: lifering.london.uk@gmail.com

*Please note that Norton House has has a 12 hours of abstinence requirement of all meeting attendees

We wish Jenny and all meeting members our very best!

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Food For Thought Re: Choice In Recovery

Choice

 

Lots of us, some more trepidatiously than others, came to LifeRing because we not just wanted but needed to have a choice in our recovery, and found that it’s working out quite well for us!

But the fact is, there are still a lot of folks out there who need it just as much but have no idea we even exist. Such was the case with Jon Sleeper, who posted about his recovery journey on his blog last year. We’re a little late on the draw but since we always appreciate it when LifeRing is featured prominently in an article or blog post, we’re pointing it out to you now.

The post is packed with loads of useful information as well as the author’s personal beliefs and experiences we neither endorse nor invalidate – you might highly relate to it, or perhaps like me, you might relate to some parts of it and not others.

Whatever the case, it offers real food for thought, and we give our thanks to Jon Sleeper for his post and our LifeRingers in Ireland and Northern Ireland for bringing it to our attention on their Facebook pages!

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

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