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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!




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:

*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!


Food For Thought Re: Choice In Recovery



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!


Extra! Extra! Your Participation in the PAL Study Is Wanted! Read All About It!

One of the most sincere forms of respect


ATTENTION: All you barn-storming, roof-raising, trailblazing, U.S. face-to-face meeting attending LifeRingers* out there! We have some very important news for you:  

LifeRing is now partnering in a study called the Peer Alternatives to Addiction (PAL) Study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Sarah Zemore, Ph.D.  This is a critical study that will provide empirical information on the effectiveness of LifeRing and other alternatives to AA, including Smart Recovery and Women for Sobriety (WFS).  The results could help LifeRing by substantiating its effectiveness, and will provide treatment providers and the public with new information relevant to choosing a support group in recovery.

 The study involves online surveys with a projected sample of 800 people, and we are eager to obtain as many participants as possible so that LifeRing is well-represented.  So, we would like to ask you to go to the study website and consider participatingGo to  Participants will receive Amazon gift cards for their participation, and can earn as much as $80.

*Please note that because this is a small study focusing on in-person meetings, only those who have attended an in-person meeting in the U.S. in the past 30 days are eligible. We hope to study online-only participation in the future.

 For more information, please check out the LifeRing Recruitment Flyer, and if you have any questions about the study, feel free to e-mail Dr. Zemore at or Project Coordinator Deidre Patterson at

 Thank you in advance for your help and support of LifeRing!

When Dehydrated Beans and Mystery Meat Just Won’t Do…

isn’t it good to know Taco Bell’s gonna start serving booze*?!

Ay, chihuahua**.

*Do not view (or go to Taco Bell in the near future) if pictures of alcohol trigger you.

**View if you like adorable pictures of sad chihuahuas.