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Monthly Archives: November 2012

New LifeRing Meeting in Copenhagen!

LifeRing has added its first meeting in Denmark, with the start of weekly Sunday gatherings in Copenhagen. The meetings, convened by Pernille F., who has been a long-time member of LifeRing’s online community, began on Nov. 18th. They will be held every Sunday at noon at:

Dybbølsgade 41, 2
København V
For further information, contact Pernille at The meetings will be primarily in Danish, although English-speakers will be welcome. Bilingualism is very common in Denmark.

LifeRing comes to Paris!

Kathleen Gargan, former LifeRing Executive Director and current board member, is on an extended visit to Paris, France, and will be hosting a weekly information table/informal LifeRing meeting in a Starbucks in that city starting Sunday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. and continuing through the end of December. She writes:

“I’m ready set up a temporary meeting in paris – I’ve found a Starbucks that has several little privacy corners, and have visited it at the time I would like to hold  the meeting. (10:30 am Sunday) it’s fairly empty at this time. I plan to sit there for an hour on Sunday mornings with a placard that says both LifeRing and Cercle de vie.”

Here are the details, in English and in French:

Starbucks Coffee
62 rue St Andre des Arts
6th arrondissement
Metro St Michel line 4

10:30 am Sundays
2nd floor – look for the the LifeRing/Cercle de Vie sign on the table.

In French:

Starbucks Coffee
62 rue St Andre des Arts
6 eme arrondissement
Metro St. Michel, ligne 4

10:30h les dimanches
Premiere etage; cherchez l’affliche qui dit “LifeRing/Cercle de Vie”

Kathleen is bi-lingual, so all are invited! For more information, email to

What is recovery? A new definition

The US federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers some thoughts.

First, it lists four main cornerstones for a life in recovery:

• Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
• Home: a stable and safe place to live;
• Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and
• Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
Informed choice is part of the self-empowerment of Lifering.

SAMHSA’s definition has other elements congenial to Lifering, too.

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Apologies for Website Woes

Regular visitors to may have noticed a good deal of unavailability recently. Anyone familiar with “simple” updates of a computer system will sympathize. We believe that things are now back to normal and stable. Thanks for your patience and BIG thanks to Karen I., our hard-working (and very persistent, thank goodness) IT coordinator.

Website will be Off-line Temporarily on 11/11 for System Maintenance

A head’s up: the LifeRing website will be down for a few hours on Nov. 11. We’re upgrading something and it requires saving and re-loading the site’s content. If all goes well, it won’t take terribly long.