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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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New LifeRing Candlelight Meeting In Lewisham, London, UK!

 

 

 

candlelight

 

We are very pleased to announce that Lee C., meetings convenor/starter extraordinaire, has announced there will be a new meeting beginning this Friday evening in the London Borough of Lewisham! And to add a new dimension to the standard “How Was Your Week?” (HWYW) format, this meeting will also be candlelit.

For those of you who’ve never attended a candlelight meeting and aren’t sure what that means, my understanding of the idea of the candlelight* is to help create a calming, intimate, and safe space for participants to share more openly than perhaps they would in a more typically brightly lit atmosphere. However, if you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Lee anytime – see the contact information below.

Please also feel free to check out our LifeRing London’s Facebook page here, as well as Lee’s LifeRing London blog page here.

Here’s the meeting info.:

 

When: Fridays at 7:15 P.M.

Where: Lochaber Hall, Manor Lane Terrace, Lewisham, London SE13 5QL

Convenor: Lee C.

Contact Information: E-mail: lifering.london.uk@gmail.com

 

We wish Lee and all new meeting members the very best!

 

* And Now For a Moment of Fairness in Reporting: By “my understanding”, I mean me, Bobbi C.. I’ve never attended a candlelight meeting myself, so my interpretation – informed by other people who have attended such a meeting – may not be accurate. In other words, don’t take it from me – please contact Lee! 🙂

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New LifeRing Meeting at Laguna Honda Hospital In San Francisco!

Laguna Honda Hospital

LifeRing is proud and pleased as punch to announce a new meeting, open to patients and the public, at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco beginning next Wednesday, July 6th. Every new meeting is a big deal to us, but this meeting has especially important story behind it we’d like to tell you about, as well.

Per the meeting’s convenor, LifeRing Board of Directors Chair Byron Kerr:

“The exciting thing about this is that the City of San Francisco invited LifeRing to begin this meeting, which sends an implicit endorsement of LifeRing support to the recovery world. Laguna Honda Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Department of Public Health of the City & County of San Francisco, invited LifeRing to begin support meetings at the hospital in April of 2015. After more than a year of discussion, access badging, volunteer orientation, and interviews from both perspectives, we are ready to start.”

Check out the meeting information below:

When: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, beginning on July 6th

WhereLaguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, 1st Floor Art Studio, 375 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco , CA 94116

Convenor: Byron Kerr

Contact Information: Telephone: 925-922-3553 E-mail: bykerr@gmail.com

Our sincerest thanks go out to the Department of Public Health, City and County of San Francisco, and to Laguna Honda Hospital for inviting us to serve their patients and community. Congratulations to Byron and all new meeting members – we wish you all the best!

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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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