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An Invitation: Alternative Roads to Recovery Telesummit

Mosaic

 

Hey, everyone. How’s it going? I hope you’re all well, but however you are, I’m glad you’re here. Honestly, and not because I’m about to tout something (‘cuz…I am), but because if you’re here, then it means you’re a seeker, someone open, someone dedicated to finding what works for you, and not afraid to use it!

Perhaps LifeRing’s it, perhaps it’s not quite it but just one piece of your recovery program, perhaps it’s still a puzzle you’re trying to put together – and that’s not a bad thing.

There’s been lots of talk lately about “multiple pathways to recovery”, and it’s been music to my ears. This wasn’t necessarily the case when I got started on my own journey – in fact, it took some real digging through the labyrinthine interwebs just to find LifeRing. At the time it seemed if it was that difficult, then it must be a dubious source of sobriety support. I waded in cautiously, but even then something about it just…felt…right. So I dove in headfirst, and I’ve never looked back.

Now I consider all the other folks who found LifeRing and other means of support such as (just to name a few) S.O.S., SMART Recovery, or Rational Recovery way earlier than I did as sources of not just personal inspiration but a testament to something else, something far more important: They were, and are, pioneers in addiction recovery. Living, breathing examples that what they’ve done, walking whatever path they’ve chosen, works for them. The fact that their lives – and the lives of their families, friends, co-workers, and society in general – were and are improved for the better is reason enough alone to prove those paths legit, and that that’s all that really matters.

Somewhere along the line other folks,  both in and out of the greater recovery community, took notice and have come to the conclusion that this is OK to do. In fact, the concept has gotten so much attention and gained such unprecedented importance it’s now a movement, peopled by those deeply committed to saving as many lives as possible, who are open to the reality that people need all the help they can get, in any way that works for them.

One such person is a guy by the name of William White, a professional researcher with a Masters in Addiction Studies who’s worked in the addiction treatment and research fields since 1969 and was one of the first to get on board with the multiple pathways concept. (He’s also the author of a book some of you may have heard of – or even read – called “Slaying the Dragon – The History of Addiction and Recovery in America”.)

He also writes about all kinds of different things recovery-related on his blog, The William White Papers. In a recent post of his I found that he’s taken the concept even further, one that many of us have been living in our own recoveries for years now as well, and that’s of a recovery mosaic. A bright, colorful mishmash that’s not a “pathway” so much as as of little dabs of this and nice dollops of that, all melded together to create one beautiful, harmonious whole. It doesn’t necessarily mean just meetings or other mutual support aids anymore, either – it includes mindfulness practices, yoga, Buddhist teachings, hot wax therapies

OK, not the hot wax, but anyhoo, you get the idea. And so…if you’re looking for ways to create, or expand, your own mosaic/pathway, I’m most happy to let you know that LifeRing will be participating in a 5-day telesummit coming up on August 15 – 19th. Hosted by Recovery Life Management’s Beverly Sartain, it’s called “Alternative Roads to Recovery”, and along with us several other recovery groups/resources will participate, such as:

SMART
Online Recovery Communities
HAMS (Harm-reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support)
Intuition in Recovery
Intensive Outpatient Programs
Medication-assisted Treatment
Mentorship in Recovery
Mindfulness Based Recovery
Says Beverly (from the ARR website):
Alternative Roads To Recovery encourages men and women to find a recovery practice that works for them. Very often, that recovery practice is made up of many different systems and support. I’ll share my own journey with alternatives that had me celebrating 10 years of recovery this year with no relapses, EVER!

Sounds kinda nice, doesn’t it? If you want to check it out, please have a gander at this link here: Alternative Roads to Recovery.

And if you attend, I’d love to hear how it went (and even if you don’t, I love hearing from you anyway)!

🙂 Bobbi C.

 

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New LifeRing Meeting In Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Grand Rapids

We’re pleased to announce a new LifeRing meeting will begin next Wednesday, August 3rd, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The meeting will be convened by Douglas Hulst, Director of Community Relationships at Recovery Allies, an organization committed to promoting “…long-term recovery from substance use disorders through Coaching, Educating and Training…resulting in healthier individuals, families, and communities.” They’re also strong proponents of multiple recovery pathways, and we’re thrilled to be aligned with them!

Here’s the meeting information:

WhenWednesdays at 6:15 PM

Where: 1345 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 248 Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Convenor: Douglas Hulst

Contact Information: Phone: 773-330-8379, E-mail: douglas@recoveryallies.us

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

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LifeRing Expands in Connecticut; New Meeting in Wilton

The fifth LifeRing meeting in Connecticut will open its doors on Tuesday, July 19th, in Wilton, CT. The new meeting will be held at the Comstock Community Center, Room 31, 180 School Road, Wilton, CT 06897 at 6 pm. The Wilton meeting will join four other LifeRing meetings held at the Greenwich hospital.

Learn more about LifeRing in Connecticut on the LifeRing Connecticut website:

New LifeRing Meeting in Richmond, CA

LifeRing is very pleased to announce a new meeting starting Wednesday, July 13, in Richmond, California.

The meeting will be held at Kaiser Richmond Chemical Dependency Services at the Richmond Medical Center, 901 Nevin Ave., Building 2, 3rd Floor, in Conference Room H starting at 7 pm. Future meetings will be in the same place on Wednesdays at 7. The meeting convenor will be Larry L. who has, for the past 3 years, been convening a LifeRing meeting he began in Berkeley, CA. That meeting will continue with Craig W. taking over as the convenor.

The Richmond chemical dependency unit has ties to the Kaiser Oakland Chemical Dependency Recovery Program which has hosted LifeRing meetings successfully for many years.

 

New LifeRing Meeting in Brighton, Michigan!

Brighton Michigan

 

We’re very pleased to announce a new LifeRing meeting in Brighton, Michigan will begin next Thursday evening, June 23rd, at 6:30. New convenor George J., from the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, has done all of the legwork to get this meeting started, and is excited to get it off the ground.

Check out the meeting information below:

When: Thursdays at 6:30 PM

Where: Duncan Chiropractic Group, 8636 Hilton Road, Suite 300, Brighton, MI 48114

Convenor: George J.

Contact Information: georgejackson44@gmail.com

Congratulations to George and all new meeting members – we wish you all the best!

 

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