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New Meeting in Los Angeles Starts 3/24!


We couldn’t be more excited to tell you about the very first LifeRing Los Angeles, California starting next Saturday, March 24, on Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake neighborhood! As is often the case, meeting convenor Chris needed a LifeRing meeting to go to in his area, but since there aren’t any (until now), he decided to start his own! WTG, Chris!

Here’s all the meeting information:

When:  Saturdays 1:30 – 2:30 PM, beginning March 24th

Where: Cafe Tropical, 2900 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Additional Meeting Place Info.: Cafe Tropical is on the corner of Sunset and Parkman Avenue, but the private meeting space has its own separate entrance on the Parkman Ave. side.

Street parking only.

No outside food or drink is allowed but wonderful Cuban coffee, sandwiches, and pastries are available for purchase from the Cafe if you’d like – not required!

Convenor: Chris S.

Contact Info.:

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




New Meeting in New Bedford, MA!


Thanks to the work of longtime LifeRinger Ewa C. and her co-convenor Jessie F., we’re thrilled to announce the very first LifeRing meeting in Massachusetts will start next Saturday, February 24th, in New Bedford!

Here’s all the meeting information:

WHEN: Saturdays at 11:30 AM

WHERE: First Unitarian Church (enter through side door near parking), 71 8th Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

CONVENORS: Jessie F. and Ewa C.


They also have a Facebook page – check it out here!

We wish Jessie, Ewa, and all new meeting members our very best!




New Meeting in Port Angeles, WA Starts 2/1!

It’s always exciting to announce new LifeRing meetings, but if we do say so ourselves this one’s a little extra special  because it’s been started by our very own Craig Whalley! A little back story, for those of you who aren’t familiar…

After being a longtime member of LifeRing, which has included founding and moderating the LSRSafe e-mail group, moving to and living in Berkeley, California in retirement from running his bookstore in Port Angeles, Washington to be closer to the action in our Oakland office, where he spent lots of time doing any/everything asked of him – including helping lots of other people start meetings, being a leader and member of our Board of Directors, convening a meeting in Oakland, and so on and so forth – Craig decided recently to move back to his hometown of Port Angeles on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula to begin Phase 2 of his retirement…which he thought might include slowing down a little.

Little did he know he had a built-in meeting waiting for him when he got there made up of a group of friends and contacts he’d made remotely during his time in Berkeley, and voila! It’s been so successful he decided it was time to make it official, and lo – the new Port Angeles meeting has been born, and begins tonight, 2/1!

Here are all the meeting details:

When: Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Olympic Medical Center, Wendel Room (in basement), 939 Caroline Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Convenor Contact Info.: E-mail Craig at


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

New Meeting in St. Paul, Alberta Starts This Thursday!


We’ve got a slew of meeting information headed in your direction this, and we’d like to begin by announcing a new meeting in St. Paul, Alberta – the first LifeRing meeting outside of British Columbia! 

Sober for close to two years, Jo started out in AA but has been attending some of our online meetings, and since she has enough people she knows in her local area to start her own face-to-face meeting, she’s decided to give it a try!

The meetings are on Thursday evenings at 7:15 PM – the first one will be this Thursday, February 1st. If you’d like to join in, for more information please call Jo at (780) 991-3285.

We wish Jo and all her meeting members our very best!



This Giving Tuesday, Give the Gift of Choice in Recovery!



Dear LifeRing Friends,

I know there are thousands out there who, like me, are extremely grateful to have found LifeRing and are grateful for the recovery they’ve been able to achieve with LifeRing’s help. Of course, credit for getting and staying sober should go, first off, to ourselves. However, most of us have tried to do it on our own and I know that in my own case, it just didn’t work.

LifeRing is a non-profit 501(c) (3) entity, and donations to it are tax-deductible. Why does LifeRing need money? Because we want to maintain and grow our presence, and we need funds to do it, and just to keep the website running and the books going out and the meetings supported, etc. We have one part-time employee, plus volunteers such as Craig, all our convenors, etc., but we need more.
I intended to single out one individual and tell their story, but I’ve decided to let all of you tell yours, and to make sure that in the process you express your gratitude by supporting LifeRing in continuing to do the good work that has led so many to get on the right path. Even if you’re still struggling, a donation to LifeRing might be a way of committing yourself to remain sober.

I know I mentioned this last year, but think for a minute about how much money you’re saving by remaining sober. It doesn’t matter if you were a daily drinker, or a weekend binge-drinker, or an addict seeking pills or street drugs; let’s face it, it was damned expensive. If you spent any time drinking in bars or in restaurants, with meals, it gets even pricier. I urge everyone to figure out what they spent on their alcohol and drugs, on a monthly basis, multiply times 12, and consider donating even a small fraction of that to LifeRing. Last year, we were able to increase our donations by about $6,000, as we had been stuck at right around $25,000 for a number of years, so that was good. But was it good enough? No, because we had a goal of getting up to around $50,000, which I’m convinced we could easily do if everyone just donated about one eighth of what they’re saving by remaining sober.

I know that not everyone can dig deep, as their pockets aren’t currently very full, but I also know that a lot of us are doing well enough that we can afford to give more. Last year, I doubled my annual donation, and this year I increased it by 25%, to $1250. I estimate this to be about an eighth of what Bobbi and I spent annually on booze.

If I could, I would put all of your faces on this post, along with your stories. I just ask you to consider all the lives that have been saved and transformed by LifeRing, including your own. You all know who you are, and know your own story. Wouldn’t you like to help make this happen for others?

Give the Gift of Choice in Recovery, please. It’s tax-deductible in the U.S., and possibly elsewhere. Nobody is getting rich off your donation, except you! I promise you’ll feel good about yourself and strengthen your sobriety commitment by giving, so please do so now, by clicking on the link:

Thanks for listening,
Richard Campbell
Fundraising Chair
LifeRing Secular Recovery