Category Archives: Meetings

Bellingham, WA, Adds Fifth LifeRing Meeting

Max W., who has overseen rapid growth of LifeRing meetings in Bellingham, Washington, reports adding a fifth meeting there. LifeRing’s expansion in Bellingham, located north of Seattle and a bit south of Vancouver, Canada, is an excellent example of what can be accomplished by determination and perseverance. The new meeting is at 4 p.m. on Mondays at St. Joseph’s Hospital, South Campus, 809 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225. It will be in the small dining room on the ground floor. For more information, call or email Max at 360.366.4250/

LifeRing Continues its Growth in Modesto, CA

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Troy S. from Modesto reports that the LifeRing meeting schedule has seen some changes and a new meeting will be starting soon on Sundays. The three meetings currently operating now look like this:

Tuesday 6:30 pm meeting at Doctor Medical Center, Conference Room 2, 1441 Florida Ave, Modesto, CA 95350.

Friday 6:30 pm meeting moved to City Mall, 948 11th Street, Suite 16 (near J Street), Modesto, CA 95354.

Women’s meeting, Mondays at 6:30 pm, 1905 Kienitz Ave, Modesto, CA 95355.

…. Coming soon: Sunday 10:00 am meeting at Kaiser in Manteca.

New LifeRing Meeting in Fremont, CA

A second meeting has been added to the LifeRing schedule for Fremont, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The meeting will be on Thursday nights at 6:30 at the Kaiser Fremont Medical Center, 39400 Paseo Padre Parkway, Conference Room ‘J’  (on the first floor), Fremont, CA 94538. For more information, contact Ted at 925-980-2553 or email to

LifeRing’s First Foreign Language Chat Meeting

LifeRing has added a Swedish language meeting to it’s Online Chat schedule. The meeting is on Sundays at 10 p.m., CET (Central European Time). The meeting will be convened by Lars B., who has been very successful in helping LifeRing get a firm footing in Sweden. The new meeting is another step forward.

LifeRing Online: You’ve Got Mail!

Several days ago, the first in a series of messages was posted about LifeRing Online. That was about Chat (click here to see it). Today, we’ll take a look at E-mail groups.

There are two large LifeRing email groups devoted to recovery support: LSRmail, with about 300 members, and LSRsafe, with about 200. The numbers are a bit deceptive since only a fraction of those who belong to the group actively participate in writing messages. The rest are content to ‘lurk,’ which is the term applied to people who read but don’t post.

Here’s a quick look at how email groups work. A message sent to the group address goes to everyone in the group in their regular email box at whatever address they signed up with. Replies to that email also go to everyone. So if Bob writes in saying he’s concerned about attending his sister’s wedding reception because alcohol will be flowing freely and he’s not sure he’s ready for that sort of situation, other members will reply, telling of their own experiences, or expressing sympathy and understanding, or maybe offering a little advice. All of the messages are there for all group members to read, although not for anyone outside the group to see — that’s one of the main differences between email groups and some other LifeRing venues: the email group is private and not open to the internet. Membership requires approval by the groups webmeister, although membership is available to anyone who is serious about finding a clean and sober life.

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