All of the LifeRing e-mail groups are private, meaning that joining requires an approval by the group convenor (largely a formality), and the members’ names and messages are not accessible through the general Internet, or to search engines. Joining an e-mail group can seem a bit daunting, but it’s very easy. To insure privacy, membership has to be approved by the group Convenor. That’s accomplished just by either clicking on the group name, which takes you to the group website where you can click the “Join this Group” button, or writing an e-mail to the group’s convenor asking to be signed up. It’s almost automatic if you’re an actual human and not a spammer. For a more detailed look at how email groups work, see Email Support Groups: a Guide
Sobriety Support Groups
LSRmail: The original, and largest, LifeRing e-mail group. In its seventeenth year of providing online sober support. The membership includes both those new to sobriety and folks with many years clean and sober. Originally created to bring together those without access to face-to-face groups, it has grown to include many who use it as an adjunct to their in-person meetings. Support is freely given and received from members around the world at almost any hour of the day or night. Overseen by founder and continuing listmeister Tom Shelley, LSRmail offers a friendly, comfortable, unmoderated atmosphere. All list communication is confidential to members only. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LSRsafe: An email list for those seeking Support, Affirmation, Friendship and Encouragement (S.A.F.E.). It’s a strong, secure place where we seek to nurture the ‘sober self’ that exists inside us all. This list is lightly moderated in an attempt to discourage disruptive or abusive postings, and personal attacks on members are not tolerated. Craig W., moderator. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LSRbody: For people in recovery who wish to share joys and concerns with weight loss, exercise, and overall body image. The purpose is to provide support in achieving individual goals with regard to one’s body, whatever they may be. Patty G., moderator. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LifeRing Sober Living: Have you been sober for a year or more? Are you comfortable with sobriety as a way of life, but still desiring interaction with a sobriety support group? Sober Living was formed for sober people who no longer struggle with cravings or the day-to-day effort of staying sober. If you want to know “what now?” maybe this group is for you. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LifeRing Secular Dual Recovery: Sometimes those seeking sobriety also suffer from emotional and mental challenges that can make recovery more difficult. LifeRing SDR is a safe place to discuss those highly personal issues among people who may not share the particular problem, but who understand what it’s like to deal with life-limiting issues in addition to addiction. Whether the difficulty is depression, or anxiety, or some other emotional/psychological challenge, the members of this group will listen and respond with positive and supportive messages. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LSR-LO: LifeRing Loved One. LSR-LO is a secular support group for people who love people who are addicted. We are concerned mothers, fathers, partners, husbands, wives, children, siblings, girlfriends and boyfriends of people whose drinking or substance use is out of control. We have one thing in common: Our lives are affected by addiction, just as surely as the lives of the people who are addicted. Denise B., list owner. Unmoderated, unrestricted. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
Workbook Study: Online group that works the Recovery by Choice workbook. A forum for people using the book as an aid to recovery so that we can compare notes, go through exercises together and share the journey to a sober, more content and happier life through and by choice within a secular framework. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LGBTQ Portal: The mission of this platform is to provide a supportive environment for people in recovery who identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) and their supporters, to meet, network, voice concerns, empower the sober self, and to advocate on issues of significance within the LifeRing community. Subscribe
Internal LifeRing Groups:
LifeRing-SFBay: Online community for San Francisco Bay Area LifeRing participants. Stay in touch with your sober friends after you graduate from your treatment program. Catch announcements of local meeting changes and bulletins from the Service Center. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LifeRing Convenors: For people worldwide starting or leading meetings or doing other service work with LifeRing. Do you want to start a new meeting, but the idea is too scary? Already have a meeting, but want advice? This is the place to get support! To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LifeRing Online Convenors: For people who sustain LifeRing’s online presence: chat hosts, forum hosts, listmeisters, webmasters and the like. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
SOBER COFFEEHOUSE: For intellectual-political-cultural-economic discussion too remote from sobriety topics to run comfortably on other lists. Subscribe by sending a brief message to: To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
LifeRing Book Club: Reading, whether for information or for pleasure, plays a key role in the personal recovery plans of many LifeRingers and this group seeks to recognize that. Review your latest good read, or make suggestions or join a discussion of a title suggested by someone else. The discussions aren’t limited to recovery books, although of course they are of great interest. To join, go HERE
International Email Support Groups
LSR-UK: An email list for anyone in and around the UK who is interested in secular sobriety. To subscribe, hit the Join button on the Group’s Home Page.
One-to-One Sobriety Support
LifeRing E-Pals: New to sobriety or LifeRing? Not sure about joining a group? There are LifeRing members who can lend a private ear and answer questions via email. If the chats and forum are a bit too intimidating right now, this might be a way of getting the information you need. Write to Craig W. and mention “E-pals” in the subject line.