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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!




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.

New LifeRing Meeting to Start in Berkeley, CA

A new LifeRing meeting is coming to Berkeley, CA, the city next door to the LifeRing headquarters in Oakland. The meeting will be on Thursdays starting Feb. 12th at the Alta Bates Herrick Hospital on Dwight Ave. near Shattuck St. Meeting time is 7:30 pm. New LifeRing convenor Larry L. reports that “it is in the CC Conference room on Level A at Herrick. Take the “B” elevator to Level A.”

The Herrick facility has long hosted LifeRing meetings and has been the site of several Annual Meetings for the organization. LifeRing meetings are held there also on Mondays at 8 pm.


Headspace Update Numero Uno

Those of you who read the blog regularly (and even those of you who don’t) may remember that I posted an item about Headspace a while back, and since I’ve found already that it’s made a difference for me I thought I’d follow up to tell you how my first 10 days of meditation went (cuz, uh, you’re really very curious…right?!), and also to invite any of you who may have tried it yourselves, or would like to try a meditation practice of your choosing, to join me on this new journey.

With that:

  • My first impressions were of how uncomfortable I was physically throughout the first several sessions – fidgeting, shifting positions in the chair I was sitting in, continuously getting various itches I just had to scratch.
  • Sometimes the discomfort had to do with my overall being on certain days, a general ooginess that made it a little harder to focus. Skeptical as I was, I decided to believe it when Andy, my smooth and soothing guide, told me that that was OK.
  • As time went on, I found it much easier to participate without all the ooginess, and more importantly, I found toward the end of the 10 days that I’d gained some clarity on a particular issue I’d been feeling so guilty and regretful over for, oh, about the past year and a half – all the stuff of my Mimsy’s that I didn’t keep I wish I had. “Much as you might have liked to, you can’t take it all with you – which is why you decided not to to begin with! – and neither could she,” I heard the better part of myself tell me, and for the first time felt some peace with it.

Now, I’m not sure if that’s all due to the meditation or not…but I still felt compelled to move forward with it anyway, and went ahead and subscribed to a year’s worth of Headspace. It’ll cost me $7.99 a month, less the sign up bonus of the first two months free, making the grand total $79.90. A year’s worth of potential mental health and well-being for less than 100 bucks a year?



What We Talk About When We Talk About Thanksgiving…



Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and whoever you are with, if you don’t know anything else, please know this: I’m thankful for all of you! Wishing you all the best, today and everyday. Oh, and if you have something especially tasty to eat, that’s always nice, too. :)