Some addiction treatment and mental health professionals are hesitant to refer patients/clients to LifeRing because LifeRing is new to them. Below are three letters of recommendation from well-known treatment centers that have years of experience with LifeRing meetings on their premises.
Kaiser Permanente is the largest HMO in the United States and its chemical dependency treatment centers are nationally recognized for professionalism and quality of care.
The Dual Diagnosis Unit at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley CA has one of the most challenging clinical missions: to treat patients who are locked up because they are suicidal, homicidal, or unable to care for themselves.
Merritt-Peralta Institute is the oldest addiction treatment facility in the San Francisco Bay Area and is ranked in the Top 100 facilities nationwide.
The consensus of treatment professionals who have observed the effect of LifeRing on their patients/clients is:
- LifeRing is popular. Patients like it.
- There is no friction between LifeRing and 12-Step support groups.
- LifeRing is a positive addition to their program.
No wonder that more and more chemical dependency treatment programs are finding space for LifeRing meetings, and are offering their patients/clients the LifeRing support group option.
Treatment professionals who know LifeRing recommend LifeRing.
“LifeRing meetings have always been well attended but the Saturday group has been so popular that at times we have had to open a second meeting room to accommodate all the people who wish to attend.
I am happy to state that LifeRing has always been able to coexist harmoniously with other support meetings. Patients report being satisfied with the format and some say they attend LifeRing and 12-step support meetings. I am happy to recommend LifeRing to any drug treatment program.”
– Day Treatment Co-Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, Oakland CA
“This approach encourages patients to think positively about themselves and to find a reason to live productively….
The LifeRing meeting is a bright spot in the patients’ week, and staff find that participation in the meeting enhances patients’ motivation to get well.
Based on our experience at this facility over the past two years, on behalf of the treatment team on 4 North, we would recommend similar LifeRing meetings to other facilities interested in expanding the range of their patient services.”
– Patient Care Manager, Dual Diagnosis Unit, Alta Bates Medical Center, Herrick Campus, Berkeley CA
“LifeRing has been extremely popular with our clients, and we offer it every Wednesday evening. MPI would recommend LifeRing with enthusiasm and full support to any other drug treatment program.”
— Manager, Merritt-Peralta Institute (MPI), Summit Medical Center, Oakland CA
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