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Spring LifeRing Newsletter Published

imagesCarola Ziermann, editor, has published the newest LifeRing Newsletter. This quarter’s edition feature stories about the upcoming LifeRing Annual Meeting in Denver at the end of May, along with an explanation of proposed bylaw changes that will enable elected delegates to vote on candidates and issues raised at the LifeRing Congress, held on the last day of the Annual Meeting. Among other articles are a book review of “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Gabor Mate, the featured speaker at the Denver meeting. See the newsletter by clicking on this link: LifeRingNewsletter Spring 2013

Colorado Springs News Weekly Features Lifering

colorado springsA Colorado Springs news weekly, the Independent,  features a story about LifeRing. It includes interviews with Eric Lopez, convenor of the LifeRing meeting there, and Kathleen Gargan, from Denver, who serves on the LifeRing Board of Directors. The article touches on the LifeRing approach and also discusses the difficulties in getting referrals from local probation offices.

Lopez speaks of the self-directed nature of the LifeRing approach: “It was self-reliance,” he says. “I had to want it. It was self-help.” Gargan focused on LifeRing’s effort to increase knowledge of the group: “One of the ways we’ve grown is that we have done outreach to treatment centers, and drug courts,” says Gargan. “The more you stay in touch with those folks, the more they remember you.”

See the article HERE.

Spreading the Word About Alternatives to AA

non 12 stepIncreasing the awareness of AA alternatives is a slow and frustrating task. Headway is made one small step at a time. A recent article on the Huffington Post website marks one of those steps, this one authored by Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery. He writes:

“Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step groups are the leading U.S. approach to addiction recovery. Millions have attended these meetings and “worked the steps.” Popular media include countless references to AA-oriented recovery. Many scientific studies show that attending these meetings is associated with recovery.

“However, many individuals will not attend these meetings, or will not attend them long enough to solidify change. Their reasons include not wanting to accept the labels “addict” or “alcoholic,” not wanting to attend groups of any kind, not wanting to consider oneself powerless, not thinking of oneself as having a disease, or not wanting an approach that encourages lifelong attendance.”

Horvath goes on to mention the alternatives to AA, including LifeRing. See the whole article HERE



Martin Nicolaus, LifeRing’s Founding Leader, Publishes Article in a Journal for Treatment Providers

Martin Nicolaus, author of Empowering Your Sober Self and Recovery by Choice, has an article in the recent edition of the “Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery.” Nicolaus, the founding leader of LifeRing who retired in 2010, still makes regular speaking engagements drawing on his knowledge and experience in the recovery field.

The article, which can be accessed through Nicolaus’s website,, is entitled “Empowering Your Sober Self.” Nicolaus writes:

An article I wrote late last year about the LifeRing recovery group has now been published in the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, Vol. 7, 2012.  This is a special double issue on the theme “Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual Support Groups: Bringing Theory and Science to Contemporary Trends.”

The link to the full article can be found HERE . Readers are advised that access is “for nonprofit educational study purposes only, not for commercial republication.”

If Alcohol Were Discovered Today, Would it be Legal?

An article from the website discusses a new book just published: Drugs Without the Hot Air, by British author David Nutt  (2012 UIT Cambridge). In the book, the author asks the reasonable question of how our society would handle alcohol if it were to appear suddenly as a street drug. An excerpt from the book:

A terrifying new “legal high” has hit our streets. Methyl-carbonol, known by the street name “wiz,” is a clear liquid that causes cancers, liver problems, and brain disease, and is more toxic than ecstasy and cocaine. Addiction can occur after just one drink, and addicts will go to any lengths to get their next fix – even letting their kids go hungry or beating up their partners to obtain money. Casual users can go into blind rages when they’re high, and police have reported a huge increase in crime where the drug is being used. Worst of all, drinks companies are adding “wiz” to fizzy drinks and advertising them to kids like they’re plain Coca-Cola. Two or three teenagers die from it every week overdosing on a binge, and another 10 from having accidents caused by reckless driving. “Wiz” is a public menace – when will the Home Secretary think of the children and make this dangerous substance Class A?

The article goes on to cite some very alarming statistics from Great Britain, where, like everywhere else, society seems to be in denial about alcohol’s destructive impact. Don’t miss this article — find it HERE. The book discussed is available from for $12.20.