A recent post from a LifeRing email group sums up the experience of many upon finding LifeRing:
Without being too dramatic, my childhood years were pretty traumatic. I was shuttled around from orphanage to orphanage, foster home to foster home, till I was in my teens. The resounding message that I received from all of that — sometimes verbally, sometimes physically — was that there was something wrong with me.
Fast forward many years, to when I realized I was an alcoholic and I found myself in the midst of a 12-step program. The resounding message from that program was that there was something wrong with me. I was powerless, I was insane, I was….”wrong.”
Even after 20+ years clean and sober, a happy marriage, building a successful business, good, quality relationships, I still kept getting the message that something was wrong with me….I was powerless, insane, and more.
Fast forward to just a few weeks ago when I discovered LifeRing. I got the book “Empower Your Sober Self” as a gift, and while reading that book…it’s like EVERYTHING just came together. And, even though I’ve always been one to smile, I’m smiling bigger than ever because I feel like this great burden has been lifted off of my shoulders. I’m not wrong, I’m not insane, I’m not powerless…I’m just “me”….and it’s the best feeling I’ve felt in a long time.
— Rick G.