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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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New LifeRing Meeting In Lubbock, Texas!

 

We’re pleased to announce we have a new meeting in Lubbock, Texas – our third in the Lone Star State – starting on January 5th, 2017. Please see the meeting information below:

When: Thursdays at 8:00 PM

Where: UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 2801 42nd Street, Lubbock, TX 79413

Convenor: Kristin B.

Contact Information: E-mail: kristinbarron85@gmail.com

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

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We Have 3 New LifeRing Meetings – and One in Idaho for the First Time!

 

We’re pleased to announce 3 new meetings are up and running, including the very first LifeRing meeting in the great Gem State, Idaho! Please see all the meeting information below.

 

When: Wednesdays at 12:15 PM

Where: Kaiser Hospital, 2nd Floor, A 27 Room 5, Vacaville, CA 95688

Convenor: Valerie R.

Contact Information: E-mail: 52valerie52@gmail.com

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When: Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Sunrise Centre, Modular, 630 Walnut Street, Alpena, MI 49707

Convenor: Matt R.

Contact Information: Phone: 231-445-2589, E-mail: rileymatt69@yahoo.com

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When: Saturdays at 11:00 AM

Where: Post Falls Library, 821 N Spokane Street, Post Falls, ID 83854

Convenor: Raven C.

Contact Information: E-mail: ravencrum13@gmail.com

 

We wish Valerie, Matt, Raven, and all new meeting members our very best!

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