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Second Edition of “Empowering Your Sober Self” Now Available!

Hey Everyone! We at LifeRing are pleased to announce that a new, Second Edition of “Empowering Your Sober Self” by our co-founder Martin Nicolaus is now available! Please see below for reviews, information about the author, and links to get your own copy:


front cover 2nd edition

Empowering Your Sober Self

The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery

Second edition — with a new supplement by the author

The one book to read for an introduction to LifeRing.  Written for the person who wants to get free of alcohol/drugs, for their friends and relations, and for the professionals who treat them.

“A sophisticated, insightful, well-documented view of the philosophy and practice that are at the heart of the LifeRing approach. This book offers a perspective on recovery that can motivate change in clinicians and researchers as well as among individuals struggling to find their sober selves.”
—Carlo DiClemente, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and author, Addiction and Change

“With impressive analytical clarity and therapeutic generosity, Nicolaus presents a well-argued brief for understanding the complexities of addiction treatment and accepting the full range of diverse paths to recovery. . . . [Anyone] wanting insight and balance on a vitally important public health issue will appreciate the author’s lively and respectful presentation.”
—Judith Herman, M.D., author, Trauma and Recovery

By Martin Nicolaus, cofounder of LifeRing Secular Recovery. He is an attorney in private practice who lives in Berkeley, California.

Empower Your Sober Self is available exclusively online from  the LifeRing bookstore , or from your local LifeRing meeting.   (You can order it via, but because Amazon forwards all orders to us for fulfillment, it’s faster and easier to order from LifeRing directly.)  Click “Add to Bag” to order a copy using your Visa/MasterCard or PayPal account.

Empower Your Sober Self, 277 pp. 9″ x 6″, stay-flat binding. ISBN 978-0-9659429-6-6. Second edition, 2014. US$20.00 + S/H.


Many congratulations and, as always, our deepest thanks to Marty! Without you, we’d be nothing! 🙂

Buy a T-Shirt and Support LifeRing

Byron Kerr, a very active LifeRing founder of new meetings and newly chosen Board of Directors member, has launched a fund raising campaign for LifeRing offering tshirts on a website called See the link Here By clicking on the link, people can order their own shirts and the proceeds will come to the LifeRing Service Center. The deadline for this fundraiser event is January 3, 2014. Here’s the shirt design:

Revised Mission Statement Adopted

The LifeRing Board of Directors, at its regular monthly meeting on 9/8/2013, adopted a revised Mission Statement. It’s not a major departure from the older one, but was felt to be more smoothly worded and clearer. The new statement reads as follows:

LifeRing  is  an  abstinence-­‐based,  worldwide  network  of  people  living  in  recovery  from  addiction  to  alcohol  or  to  other,  non-­‐medically  indicated  drugs.    In  LifeRing,  we  offer  each  other  peer-­‐to-­‐peer  support  in  ways  that  encourage  personal  growth  and  continued  learning  through  personal  empowerment.    Our  approach  is  based  on  developing,  refining,  and  sharing  our  own  strategies  for  continued  abstinence  and  crafting  a  rewarding  life  in  recovery.    In  short,  we  are  sober,  secular,  and  self-­‐empowered.

Mission Statements are important for providing a succint  yet broadly descriptive summation of the group’s purpose. It will be useful in future grant applications.


LifeRing Member Survey

If you are or have been involved with LifeRing, even just recently, we’d like to have you answer some questions in a Survey we’re doing. The answers you give won’t be identifable as yours; the purpose is to help us plan for the future growth of LifeRing. We want to find out what works and what doesn’t along with some general information about our membership (again, in general, not anything traceable to you as an individual). The survey is important to us and we need to get as many responses from members as possible. (A LifeRing “member” is anyone who participates by attending, or having attended in the past, meetings in-person or online.) You’ll find the survey by going here: Thanks for your help!

— Craig Whalley, Chairman of the Board


LifeRing Officers Re-elected Unanimously by Board; New Office Added

The LifeRing Board of Directors met on July 14 , 2013, and held elections for officers to serve for the next year. The existing officers were all unanimously re-elected to continue in their roles, with Tim Reith as Secretary, Carola Ziermann as Treasurer, Craig Whalley as Chairman and Robert Stump as Executive Director. The Board voted to create a new position — Deputy Executive Director — and elected Mahala Kephart, a new member of the Board, to fill that role. Stump, the current Executive Director, is not a member of the Board — LifeRing officers need not be Directors — but the others are all members.

The meeting also brought the final certification of the recent election of four members of the Board, including Kephart and Reith along with Joe Mott, who won re-election to his seat, and Jeff Koch, who is new to the Board.

In addition, the board discussed the framework for a Strategic Plan, and agreed on the need to identify a pool of members who can be tapped for specific tasks that arise on occasion, often exceeding the time, energy and skills of board members.