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New Meeting in Vancouver, BC Starts May 4th!

 

A new meeting will begin next Thursday May 4th, our second LifeRing meeting in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. All the information is below:

When: Thursdays at 7:00 PM, beginning May 4th.

Where: Three Bridges Community Health Centre, 1292 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1W2 Canada 

Convenor/Meeting Focus: Peter O./How Was Your Week?

Convenor Contact Info.: Email – banks.moss@gmail.com

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

 

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It’s All Fun and Games…Pour Votre Santé!

 

Well dear readers, what can I tell you? When it comes to our national obsession with making sure alcohol’s a part of everything we do, I think I may have finally seen it all. And I just…I just…I just…

Here, just read it: The Weird Intersection of Booze and Fitness Could Be Big Business For Both Sides (filed under “Wellness”, of course).

The fact that very few readers find anything wrong with this in their Comments is not a big surprise, although I do wonder what sorts of responses they might come up with if they were confronted with, say, studies that show drinking alcohol post-exercise doesn’t exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly (or, a peanut butter and chocolate protein shake. Or something). Clearly it won’t cause any of the participating gyms or booze-merchants looking for a great new way to make a buck (or their marks) to re-think it, so…

What’s next? Bar service at the ER? We all know what a long, boring, emotionally-wrought ordeal that can be. Better yet, how about offering patients a nice glass of heart-healthy vino in physicians’ waiting rooms? Along with the pharmaceutical representatives who hound doctors’ offices with free samples and goody bags, wine sellers and a discerning in-office concierge could make a such a difference in the stressful lives of patients and their physicians (not to mention their staffs).

Speaking of staffs, I’m reminded of a story a doctor I used to work for told me about finally establishing with Primary Care Physician after years of avoidance – doctors are notoriously derelict patients – who extolled the virtues of at least 3 -4 glasses of wine daily to him.  Suffice it to say, he found that a bit…excessive.

Even for your health!

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New Study Suggests New Hope for Choice in Recovery!

 

By Craig Whalley

A new study just released in the respected “Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment” (JSAT) offers firm support for LifeRing’s approach to recovery support. The study, conducted by Dr. Sarah Zemore and others from the Emeryville, California-based Alcohol Recovery Group, used a series of member surveys to provide comparisons between LifeRing, SMART Recovery, and Women for Sobriety (WFS), using criteria and methodology much like those used in studies of 12-step programs.

Some of the most encouraging language comes from the study’s carefully-worded Conclusion: “Results suggest differences across 12-step groups and their alternatives that may be relevant when advising clients and a choice of mutual help group. Meanwhile, findings for high levels of participation, satisfaction, and cohesion among members of the mutual help alternatives [emphasis ours] suggest promise for these groups in addressing addiction problems.”

In other words, treatment providers, whose first and only impulse often is to urge all clients to attend 12-step programs, should consider suggesting the alternative groups on an equal footing or at the very least for those clients resistant to the quasi-religious and strongly-regimented approach of 12-step groups. In all 3 so-called “alternative” groups, members demonstrated at least the same level of success as has been measured in AA programs.

A summary of the study can be viewed here. The complete study currently lives behind JSAT’s pay-wall and can be purchased from them for $35.95, but we hope to be able to put it on our website soon. If that’s not possible, then we’ll at least offer as many more details about it as we can.

Of course, the fact that LSR is shown to work very well for many members comes as no surprise to those members! But the larger recovery community, especially including the medical professionals and treatment providers, have often resisted offering multiple paths to sobriety, either out of ignorance or from a firm conviction that “AA is the only way”.

The study shows convincingly that such resistance is misguided. One study is unlikely to change things quickly, but it is certainly a major step forward in legitimizing LifeRing and other secular recovery groups.

 

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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.