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Pssst! Tweet Tweet? We’re On Twitter!

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‘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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The Gift of LifeRing

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November 30, 2015

 

Dear Friends of LifeRing,

If you, a family member, or a loved one has participated in LifeRing during the past year, thank you.  You’ve been an important voice in supporting sober, secular, and self-empowered recovery.

We owe you a debt of gratitude. And we hope you feel that way about LifeRing.

Recovery from addiction is not easy work, and not accomplished by checking off so many items on a list. In LifeRing we state the obvious: stop putting addictive substances into the body.  But after that, we leave the details of creating your personal recovery plan up to you. Along the way, we hope the candid musings of other LifeRing members may have given you inspiration to deal with whatever challenges have come your way by putting your sober self at the helm.

As you know, one of the most-referenced tools in LifeRing is the “T” chart.  And we’d ask you to do a quick mental “T” chart about making a gift to LifeRing before the end of this calendar year.

On the plus side of the chart, you might consider how much your participation in LifeRing has meant to you and how a gift to LifeRing might be a way to quantify that. Or you might consider how LifeRing uses gift funds (which, in addition to book sales, are our primary source of revenue) to expand LifeRing outreach efforts, improve and modernize the LifeRing website, and support new meetings and publications.  Or, with your financial, legal or estate planning advisor, you might consider how a gift might help your 2015 or long-term tax situation. Or, you might just consider how good it will make you feel to make a gift to LifeRing — whether to celebrate your own work or to help LifeRing offer sober, secular, and self-empowered choice in recovery in more and more places around the world.  We’re at a loss to put anything in the minus column and hope you will be, too. 

Please join with other LifeRing members around the world in building a bigger, better, and stronger LifeRing.  To make your gift online, just follow this this link: http://lifering.org/donate/.  If you prefer to mail a check, please mail it to the LifeRing Service Center, 1440 Broadway‑Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94612.

 

On behalf of the LifeRing Board of Directors, thank you.

New LifeRing Meeting in Dartford, Kent UK!

Located at One Bell Corner, Dartford town centre (Painted by Wallscapes).

Inventors Mural, located at One Bell Corner, Dartford town centre (Painted by Wallscapes).

LifeRing is extremely pleased to announce the addition of another new meeting in the UK, in Dartford, Kent.

A few months ago, Lee C. brought LifeRing to Bromley Drug and Alcohol service where he volunteers, and he’s now started this meeting in Dartford as well.

Here’s the meeting information:

When: Wednesdays at 1:00 PM

Where: MCCH, Unit 2, Twisleton Ct, Priory Hill, Dartford, Kent DA1 2EN England

Convenor: Lee C.

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

 

We wish Lee  and all meeting members our very best!

On LifeRing’s 2015 Annual Meeting: Hope for the Future

So, here’s the deal. Even though I’ve been involved with LifeRing since the very beginning of my sobriety in the Fall of 2007, this is the first year I’ve attended its Annual Meeting and Congress. Not because I haven’t wanted to go of course, but because, well, hanging out in enclosed spaces with a bunch of people I don’t know has never been my forté.

So why go this year, then, as opposed to, say, never?

Some of it has to do with becoming LifeRing’s “blog mistress”, some of it this year’s venue in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah – not only does LifeRing have a fantastic presence there, but I also have family I hadn’t seen in far too long there – and some of it the need for an extended road trip with my hubby and fellow sobrietist Rich from our home in California through some of the Southwest’s gorgeous canyonlands on our way to and from SLC.

But I digress. This is my take and report on the conference, and here’s the real deal, Holyfield:

Recovery in America is changing, my friends, and all for the better as far as I’m concerned.

Friday afternoon consisted of checking out the Meeting venue and greeting some of our fellow attendees. Mahala Kephart, LifeRing Board Member and one of the main reasons we have the presence in Salt Lake that we do, was this year’s event planner and coordinator extraordinaire, and from the moment she greeted us as we walked in the door of the Marriott Library on the University of Utah’s lovely campus, I knew it was going to be a great weekend.

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The LifeRing Annual Meeting was held at the Gould Auditorium in the Marriott Library on the campus of the University Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo courtesy of Dan Carrigan

The bulk of the meeting was held in the Gould Auditorium inside the Library, an open, airy, well-lit and yet still intimate-feeling space. The Friday afternoon Meet and Greet was a casual, low-key affair that actually made it a pleasure to meet some of our fellow attendees, many of whom like us had also traveled from afar, such as LifeRing Colorado‘s delightful Kathleen Gargan.

Joseph Mott, M.D., in the center, talks with fellow LifeRingers Kathleen Gargan, on the right, and Mahala Kephart, on the left.

Joseph Mott, M.D., in the center, talks with fellow LifeRingers Kathleen Gargan, on the right, and Mahala Kephart, on the left. Photo courtesy of Tim Reith

On Saturday morning we arrived in time to hear Kevin McCauley, M.D. from The Institute for Addiction Study speak about his personal experience as an addict as well as his professional experience in becoming a part of the addiction treatment solution. It was heartening to hear a physician say that more needs to be and can be done to give addicts the best chances possible to get and stay clean, whether it be through using medication like naltrexone to quell drug receptors in the brain or by giving patients a choice in which recovery group to attend, such as…LifeRing!

To say Dr. McCauley’s talk was refreshing would be an understatement, particularly when what I’m used to hearing from pretty much every practitioner involved in the medical community is something akin to what Dr. Drew Pinsky – accepted as the medical “expert” in the field of addiction medicine – has to say about the necessity of the 12 Steps in recovery, without which “…recovery is not possible.”

Next was a fascinating and informative talk given by Peter Gaumond, SAMHSA Recovery Branch Chief, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, about building and giving voice to an inclusive and engaged recovery community, including those involved in the “alternative” recovery movement such as LifeRing. He spoke about the significant changes needed to our current drug control policies, such as offering addicts treatment as opposed to mandating prison sentences.

Gaumond also spoke about newly acquired information, such as studies which showed the need for using different language when talking about addicts and addiction. A study they’ve recently done showed that when people are described as having a “substance use disorder” as opposed to being described as “substance abusers” or “drug addicts”, the public’s perception of them – and how they should be treated – was significantly altered. People with a disorder are deserving of and should be given various and sundry treatment. Substance abusers, however, should be thrown in the slammer for as long as it takes to get it through their thick skulls that they should just…say…no.

Très intéressant, no? He also touched on the fact that the U.S.’s new Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli, is himself a person in recovery as opposed to, say, your garden-variety governmental policy wonk.

The final speaker of the morning was our own Martin Nicolaus, J.D., co-founder of LifeRing and author of its principal texts “Empowering Your Sober Self” and the subject of his talk, the “Recovery By Choice” workbook. His demonstration of the dichotomy between the “Addicted self” versus the “Sober self”, and the role the workbook can play in helping one empower their Sober self was enlightening, entertaining, and informative. The talk was a privilege to listen to from the man himself!

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Martin Nicolaus at the podium speaking about how to empower your sober self by using the “Recovery by Choice” workbook. Photo courtesy of Dan Carrigan.

After a delicious lunch buffet, people not used to early mornings capped off by warm, full bellies such as my husband and I (a coupla night owls who typically arise somewhere around mid-morning and most usually consider a fruit smoothie a complete lunch) felt compelled to skip the early afternoon sessions to go back to our hotel close to University and take a nap.

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears!

Did you know LifeRing’s on Facebook and Twitter? We are! We are! We have our official organization Facebook page as well as several national/international Facebook pages begun by groups around the world along with our Twitter feed.

And we want you to Like us, to reeeaaallly Like us – and Comment and Share! Follow the links below to all of our Facebook pages, and Follow and Re-Tweet us on Twitter @LifeRing :

LifeRing Main Page

LifeRing Akron (Akron, Ohio)

LifeRing Canada

LifeRing Cork Group (Ireland)

LifeRing Danmark (Denmark)

LifeRing Ireland

LifeRing Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)

LifeRing NI (Northern Ireland)

LifeRing Sverige (Sweden)

LifeRing Umeå (Sweden)

LifeRing Vancouver (Canada)

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Bobbi C.