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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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New Meetings in Portland OR and High Wycombe UK!

We’re thrilled to announce we have two more new meetings, and if you live in or near their locations, please – check ’em out!

Chris C., convenor of our first Portland, Oregon meeting at Providence St. Vincent Hospital (on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM), has started another meeting – way to go, Chris! Here’s the meeting information:

When: Fridays at 6:00 PM

Where: Alano Club of Portland, Clock Room, 909 NW 24th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210

Convenor Contact Info: Chris can be reached via Phone: (503) 593-7606 and E-mail: maddogclc@gmail.com

After lamenting a lack of a face-to-face meeting in her neck of the UK woods, longtime e-mail list LifeRinger Julie M. has decided to start one of her own beginning next Tuesday, March 7! Woo hoo, Julie!!! Here’s the meeting information:

When: Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Oasis, 41 Baker Street, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK

Convenor Contact Info: Julie can be reached via E-mail: lifering.highwycombe.uk@gmail.com

 

We wish Chris, Julie, and all of their new meeting members our very best!

 

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LifeRing Meeting Returns to Los Alamos, New Mexico!

 

We’re pleased to announce a meeting on hiatus for the past couple of years is returning to Los Alamos, New Mexico, beginning on January 11, 2017! Please see the meeting information below:

When: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Where: Los Alamos Unitarian Church, Room #2, 1738 N Sage Loop, Los Alamos, NM 87544  
Convenor: Chris B.

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

We’d like to welcome Chris back, and we wish him and all new/returning meeting members our best!

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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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