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A Sweet Story: LifeRing ePals

LifeRing ePals is a program where anyone who feels like they’d benefit from one-on-one support is paired with a clean and sober LifeRing member via email.

Longtime LifeRinger Julie H. signed up to become an ePal and was eventually connected with a man from China seeking sobriety support. One might think it impossible to even communicate with someone when there’s a considerable language barrier much less create a supportive connection, but in spite of some challenges they’ve found a way.

Here’s an update Julie originally shared in a LifeRing e-mail group. We thought it was such an inspiration we’re sharing it with you here (with Julie’s permission, of course)…

“A quick update on my Chinese epal. For the newcomers who don’t know, he uses translation software to read and send emails between us. His sober time between relapses has been steadily growing and the length of each relapse is shrinking. 

His pattern before would be 3-5 days or maybe a week sober, followed by a 10 day relapse. He’s back with me today after a 2 day relapse which followed 27 sober days straight. 

It takes amazing determination I think and he’s definitely making steady progress. I’ve managed to find an App for English to Chinese which I sometimes use because he really appreciates that. He tells me Empowering Your Sober Self is now available in China which is awesome. 

By the way, I’m in no way advocating relapse but unfortunately it’s a fact of life. What’s important I think is to keep that pilot light on and to never ever give up. 

DDNMW 
Julie H.”

If you’d like to get an ePal or become one, please send an e-mail to Craig at cswhalley@lifering.org and he’ll be glad to get you started.

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Fall Fundraiser: Give the Gift of Choice in Recovery!

 

Dear LifeRing Friends,
 
North America has recently been hit with a rash of natural disasters. First we had Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf coast near Houston, then Hurricane Irma in South Florida, followed by the earthquake in Mexico, and Hurricane Maria, which has devastated Puerto Rico.
 
I suspect many (if not most) of us have dug into our pockets and donated to organizations to help those in need, and I urge you to please continue to do so. Bear in mind, however, that there are millions of Americans and perhaps even billions of folks worldwide who are drowning in alcohol or drugs and need a helping hand. There are those who still need to be pulled from the rubble of their lives, as we’ve seen with the earthquake victims in Mexico. And there are those of us who are like the poor folks of Puerto Rico and have seemingly lost power.
 
In our case we have seemingly lost the power of choice when it comes to using and drinking. Sure, our disasters are of our own making, but we still end up sort of like those folks sitting on a rooftop with flooded streets all around, desperately needing assistance.
 
LifeRing’s approach resonates with many who have struggled with the traditional 12-step approach to recovery, and there is ample evidence that we save lives. We are trying very hard to grow this organization in order to save even more. We have several hundred active meetings in the U.S., as well as in Canada, Ireland, the U.K., and Sweden, among other countries, but we need more. In order to let more people know about LifeRing, we have to spend money mailing free books and brochures to treatment centers, sending free books out to new meetings to help them get started, and so forth. Last year, we sent a lot of free books to a prison in California, where one enterprising inmate had formed a new LifeRing meeting, and now there are several additional meetings that have formed in the California Correctional System with the help of more free books.
 
Of course, all of this costs money, which is why we’re reaching out today and having a Fall campaign. Almost all the work that is done for LifeRing is done by volunteers with the exception of one part time administrator, so we are asking you to reach in your pocketbooks and see if there isn’t something you can do, now, to help bring choice in recovery to more people. We know for a fact that there are thousands in recovery right now who have benefited from LifeRing’s approach, and we want to increase that number.  
 
Some folks tell us that nothing else worked until they found us, read our literature, and attended our online or face-to-face meetings. Had we not diligently made our books and tools available, often for free, there are people alive today who would most certainly would have drowned, or been buried in the rubble, and I suspect that is the case for nearly everyone who will receive this appeal.
 
Please click on the Donate button below, and give generously. We believe we are very close to a tipping point, because wherever we spread, more and more meetings tend to sprout up. People get sober at such meetings who have failed repeatedly with traditional approaches.
 
Please, give the gift of choice in recovery!


Sincerely,
Richard Campbell, LifeRing Fundraising Chair

 

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Our First Meeting in New York State Starts Tomorrow!

 

We’re very pleased to announce our very first New York meetings have been started in Harrison, NY, and the first meeting open to the public starts tomorrow! There is also a closed meeting, which serves Outpatient Addiction Recovery Services (OARS) clients of St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Maxwell Institute, and the Port Chester Recovery Center.

Per Mark Fichtel, the meetings’ convenor:

“In our open meeting, we primarily serve the communities of Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT, and all are welcome. 
All our meetings for anyone who wishes to get clean and sober and stay that way are held at St. Vincent’s Hospital.  

We hope you’ll join us.”

Here are all the meeting details:
When: Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM, beginning tomorrow, 9/24.
Where: St. Vincent’s Hospital, Ben Duffy Room, 275 North Street, Harrison, NY 10528
Convenor: Mark Fichtel
Contact Info.: Email: mark.lifering@gmail.com
Mark’s also started a website, LifeRing Harrison NY
We wish Mark and all new meeting members our very best!
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Revived Meeting in Lebanon, PA Starts Tonight!

 

In April 2016 a new meeting started in Lebanon, PA has been revived anew with a new convenor, day, and time. We just got all the information, so here it is – if you live in the area, we hope you’ll check it out!

When: Tuesdays from 6 – 7 PM, beginning tonight 9/19!

Where: Lebanon Recovery Center, 701 Chestnut Street, Lebanon, Pennsylvania  17042

Convenor: Michael H. 

Contact Info.: Phone: (717) 469-2874

We wish Michael and all meeting members our very best!

 

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New Meeting in Bloomfield Hills, MI!

We are pleased to announce a new meeting will be starting in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – our first in the Detroit area – this Saturday, September 9th.

The meeting’s convenor, Alan, took it upon himself to start this meeting on his own, first by securing a meeting space at the gracious Birmingham Unitarian Church and then contacting us to let us know so he would have all of his “t’s” crossed and his “i’s” dotted. We sent him our New Meeting Starter Kit, and kaboom! New meeting started. The rest, we hope, will have a long and happy history! 

Here’s all the information:

When: Saturdays at 12:00 PM, beginning this Saturday, September 9th.

Where: Birmingham Unitarian Church (Woodward Avenue at Lone Pine Road), 38561 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48034

Convenor: Alan F.

Contact Information: E-mail: alanfeiler@gmail.com

We wish Alan and all new meeting members our very best!

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