How Was Your Week?

A Convenor’s Handbook

How was your week? is the starter topic for most LifeRing meetings — an invitation to report on the person’s recovery work since the last meeting, and look forward to the challenges of the coming week.  This book describes the deeper healing processes that are at work beneath the surface of this simple format, and empowers the meeting facilitator to set these forces in motion and keep them on track.

How Was Your Week? is a handbook for the core members of the LifeRing network: the people who start and lead LifeRing meetings, or perform other services that keep the organization humming.  To “convene” means to bring people together.   Bringing people together in recovery the LifeRing way is what LifeRing meeting facilitators do, which is why they are known in the organization as “convenors.”

The book covers the basic model of the LifeRing recovery process: the division of the addicted mind into an addict self (A) and a sober self (S).  It outlines the fundamental process at work in LifeRing meetings: empowerment of the sober self.  It explains the proper role of the convenor in facilitating this process. It looks at the dynamics at work in the meeting room.   It discusses common issues and problems that may arise, and suggests methods of handling them.  The work also looks at the nuts and bolts of the meeting framework, such as door signs, signup sheets, passing the basket, distributing literature. There is a chapter on the LifeRing process online in chat rooms and other web venues, and a chapter on the annual LifeRing Congress.

Discussion of the basic philosophy of LifeRing — the three S — is a major portion of the book. Chapters on Sobriety (Abstinence), Secularity, and Self-Help offer the deepest and most detailed analysis of these foundations in print.  Although aimed primarily at the convenor, these chapters are accessible to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of what LifeRing is about.

A major chapter (Ch. 13) outlines the work involved in starting a new LifeRing meeting. Everything is covered here from the initial contacts to the final successful passing of the baton. This chapter is the indispensable guide for the pioneers who establish a LifeRing presence in new territory.

How Was Your Week is available exclusively online from the LifeRing bookstore. Click “Add to Bag” to order a copy using your Visa/MasterCard or PayPal account.

How Was Your Week, 252 pp. 8.5″ x 6″, spiral-bound binding. ISBN 0-9659429-4-5. First edition, 2003. US$25.00 + S/H.

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Kudos for How Was Your Week?

“A masterful job. … Many recovery mutual aid groups have floundered or collapsed because they failed to clearly define their mission and methods.  How Was Your Week? defines the mission and methods of LifeRing Secular Recovery with remarkable clarity and enthusiasm.  This book is a significant achievement that will be an invaluable aid …”  — Bill White, Author, Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America.

“Through his books and articles, LifeRing author Martin Nicolaus provides the recovery community with what it most needs — a vast variety of individual paths toward sobriety and improved living. For those who have failed to find a comfortable place in the twelve-step community, Nicolaus’ books lead the way to another chance.  — Lonny Shavelson.  Author of Hooked:  Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System.

The current print and electronic edition of How Was Your Week? is Version 1.0, published in spiral-bound format to indicate that it is a work in progress. A major update is in preparation, scheduled for release in the near future.