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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: bykerr@gmail.com

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!

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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 liferinglondon.wordpress.com/ and wants you all to know you’re invited to go on over and check it out, so please do!

🙂

 

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Counting Down to the LifeRing Annual Conference in 5…4…3…

LifeRing Logo Border

 

Hey again, everyone!

As mentioned in my last post, I just wanted to remind those of you exclusive blog readers who might still be considering it that our Annual Conference starts this Friday, June 3rd, in San Diego, you’re still invited, and it’s not too late to register to attend! Check out the information here, and hope to see you there!

Going or not going, it’s all good! Either way, here’s a link to an insightful interview I think you might enjoy from The Fix with Tracey Helton Mitchell, one of our featured speakers this year, about her take on long term recovery and her book published in March, “The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin”. In addition to discussing her own history with addiction and recovery, part of which includes using LifeRing, she now spends a great deal of her time helping others in their journeys toward long term recovery, as well, and I look forward to hearing her talk.

I’ll be headed to the conference with my DH (Dear Husband) and will faithfully report back here about how it all went down later this month (I’m now large and in charge of the LifeRing Quarterly Newsletter, which you’ll also be seeing later this month, as well), but I’ll be posting some “live updates” during the conference on Saturday on our Facebook page too, so feel free to check that out if you get a chance.

See you on the flip side! 🙂

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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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