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New LifeRing Meeting in Huntington Beach, CA Starts Tomorrow!

We’re very pleased to announce that the old, defunct Costa Mesa, California LifeRing meeting is resurfacing in Huntington Beach as the Orange County Lifering meeting, and it starts tomorrow night!

Here’s all the information:

When: Thursdays at 7 PM, beginning tomorrow 10/19!

Where:Huntington Beach Senior Center, Travel  Resources Room, 18041 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Convenors:  Winsor B and Ginny D

Contact: oclifering@gmail.com

We wish Winsor, Ginny, and all new meeting members our very best!

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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 1:00 – 2:00 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 ‘In the Rooms’ LifeRing Video Meeting!

 

We could not be more thrilled to tell you that after months of work with our contact at In the Rooms, a well-established online recovery community, we have been invited to host a video meeting on their site right along with all the other groups currently available to anyone seeking recovery.

While In the Rooms is a derivative of and still largely dominated by the 12 Step meeting format, they have become increasingly open to multiple pathways to recovery, and we’re very thankful to them for including us along with other non-12 Step groups such as SMART Recovery and Women for Sobriety, among others.

LifeRing Chat Room Meeting convenor Penny Pulz took up the mantle of getting us set up there, and the first meeting was this past Tuesday. Here’s what she wants to tell us about how it went:

“Hi Lifers, 

Penny Pulz here. I did the first LifeRing meeting on InTheRooms on Tuesday. What a positive experience. We had 20 people there and they where thanking me for having another secular meeting on ITR. 

Some of the comments from the participants:

‘I like how you describe having a natural conversation instead of feeling like I could never speak.’

‘I like the simple Addict / Sober self and talking to the sober self.’

‘I like that ITR is having more choices, and I will be back next week.’

‘You were clear about what secular is.’

You could of knocked me over with a feather after the meeting. I was prepared wearing my negative deflector… My invisible ‘teflon raincoat’… It was an uplifting experience to hear that LifeRing is a welcome group on ITR.”

 

Here is all the meeting information:

When: Tuesdays at 9 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern

Wherehttps://www.intherooms.com/livemeetings/check?meeting_id=247

How: You have to sign up to become a member of InTheRooms first, and then you can click the link below to join the LifeRing meeting. To Register to join, go to: https://www.intherooms.com/public/register

The ITR LifeRing Meeting link: FYI: Once you’ve registered, please click on MyProfile, click on MyAccount, and choose what email notices you want and don’t want from InTheRooms.

Convenor: Penny Pulz

Contact Information: You can contact Penny via her ITR page at: (but again, you must be a Registered User on ITR to have access): https://www.intherooms.com/giddaymate

Or contact our Service Center via email to: service@lifering.org and we’ll be happy to assist you there!

We want to thank Penny especially for all of the time and effort she put into getting this meeting in place, along with our 2015-2016 Board Chair Byron Kerr for making the initial contact with ITR, and Board Members Craig Whalley and Robert Stump for their ongoing support and assistance to Penny. We’re so grateful to have you working to get LifeRing out to everyone who wants us!

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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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