LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people. Many LifeRing members attend other kinds of meetings or recovery programs, and we honor those decisions. Some have had negative experiences in attempting to find help elsewhere, but most people soon find that LifeRing’s emphasis on the positive, practical present-day can turn anger and despair into hope and resolve. LifeRing respectfully embraces what works for each individual.

LifeRing believes you DO have the power to overcome your addiction. It’s hard, there are often setbacks, but in every addict there exists the desire to find lasting sobriety. We think of that as the Sober Self. With addiction, that part of us has been beaten down and relegated to a corner of our brains, but it’s still there. We also have an Addict Self that wants to control our decision-making and lead us to use the substance that is wrecking our lives.

LifeRing tries to support your efforts to strengthen the Sober Self and weaken the Addict Self. Our meetings, whether in person or online, consist of addicts using their Sober Self to connect with the Sober Self of other addicts. We share advice, understanding, and encouragement. We focus primarily on our current lives, not on the hurts and damages of the past. Two addicts, talking Sober-Self to Sober-Self, learn from each other and gain strength from each other.

Steps, and Higher Powers and Sponsors – those work for some people very well. Our approach is different. We think YOU are the best person to design YOUR OWN program – you know what’s needed in your life and what has to be abandoned. You know what triggers cravings and what provides healthy and strengthening pleasure. You know the path you want to be on and you are the only person who can figure out how best to get there. LifeRing provides the safe and supportive contact with others that enables that process to succeed.

LifeRing provides support for you to get and stay clean and sober. You do the hard work, and we offer information, advice, understanding and lots of support through face-to-face (f2f) meetings, on-line meetings, other on-line resources, and a variety of publications.

If you're looking for a Face-to-Face Meeting, check this link out:

For those who do not live close to a face-to-face meeting or who are more comfortable communicating with the online LifeRing community, we offer the following services:

Here is the link to our Bookstore

If you'd prefer to communicate with an actual person, try our toll free phone number at 1.800.811.4142 or email the service center at service@lifering.org. Once we receive your contact information, someone from LifeRing will get in touch with you.

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  1. Brian on February 22, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Hi! I am a friend of the moderator (RW) in the Sequim, Wa. area. I am wanting to get involved w/ the email group & the online meetings
    I understand there local meetings but I am disabled & do not have any transportation. She said Craig might be able to help coordinate something. Please contact me w/ info. ThanX so much!

    • Craig Whalley on February 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      I’ll be in touch, Brian
      — Craig W.

  2. Linda Yates DVM on January 17, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Am AA’d out. Would appreciate Lifering e mail or chatroom contact in order to more effectively deal with the gorilla on my back.
    Regards, Linda Yates DVM

    • rstumper on January 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Please send your request to ​​LifeRingChatCoordinator@yahoo.com.

    • Deanna on April 28, 2018 at 8:53 am

      I’m too am AA’d out. Looking for a new way to support my sobriety.

      • Craig Whalley on April 28, 2018 at 10:53 am

        I’ll get in touch with you by email to explore possibilities.
        — Craig W.

  3. James K on January 3, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Any meetings in the Los Angeles, CA area? If not yet, are any planned anytime soon?

    • Craig Whalley on January 3, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      James, LifeRing has a meeting in Huntington Beach, south of LA proper, at the Huntington Beach Senior Center, THU 7:00pm, 18041 Goldenwest St. We’re hoping for more, but nothing concrete to report now.
      — Craig W.

      • Amy A on February 5, 2018 at 9:32 am

        I would be very interested in a Los Angeles area in-person meeting.

        • Craig Whalley on February 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm

          LifeRing would be interested in a Los Angeles meeting as well! Currently, we have a meeting in Huntington Beach, south of Los Angeles proper. We’re waiting for someone to come forward and take on the task of getting a meeting — or meetings — going. I’ll contact you about our online support resources.
          — Craig W.

        • Christopher John Smith on April 24, 2018 at 7:49 pm

          There is now a meeting in Los Angeles at Café Tropical in Silver Lake, 2900 W. Sunset Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90026, every Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Email christopherjohn_smith@yahoo.com or use the meeting locator at https://lifering.org/find-a-lifering-meeting/ for more information.

    • Chris S. on April 24, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      There is now a meeting in Los Angeles at Café Tropical in Silver Lake, 2900 W. Sunset Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90026, every Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Email christopherjohn_smith@yahoo.com or use the meeting locator at https://lifering.org/find-a-lifering-meeting/ for more information.

  4. conerned on January 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Is it okay to be religious or is this group just for anti-theists?

    • Craig Whalley on January 3, 2018 at 7:39 am

      LifeRing is non-religious, not anti-religion. Many of our members are believers. We just feel that addiction is not a spiritual problem and is best tackled through individual effort with support from peers rather than seeking intervention from a “Higher Power”.
      — Craig W.

  5. Craig on December 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Just heard of LifeRing, and appreciate the focus on the power of the self. In this respect, does LifeRing suggest complete cessation from alcohol, or is their support for those that have impulse and control problems, yet do not desire to be a complete abstainer?


    • Craig Whalley on December 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      LifeRing strongly encourages complete abstinence from alcohol and other mind-altering drugs — it’s one of our basic principles. We feel that “moderation” or the use of substances that seem less problematic than ones primary ‘drug of choice’ is a mistake that only makes recovery harder and more elusive. “Impulse and control problems” are what bring most of us here and many of us have succumbed to the idea siren song of “just once in a while won’t hurt,” or “I’ll drink, but much less.” We paid a price for that experiment.

      There is a group called Moderation Management that provides support for “moderate” use of alcohol (moderate meaning 2 or 3 drinks in a day, 3 or 4 days a week, I think). See them at http://www.moderation.org. I hope it can work for you, but keep us in mind if it doesn’t!

      Craig W.

      • Irina on February 6, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        Just had to comment in response to your comment Craig W. THANK YOU for offering “Craig #1” (haha) another resource. Feel free to send individuals to choiceinrecovery.net as well. We have a video that features representatives from the many pathways to recovery (SMART Recovery, Moderation Management, LifeRing, etc.) and a resource tab with a link to each of their sites. Know I’m commenting super late here but I hope you do get a notification and find that link useful.

        Thanks again for offering a choice!


  6. Lea on November 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Hi. I have a sister that is self medicating with alcohol due to depression and anxiety. She has mentioned that she wants to get better and to stop using alcohol in this manner. We have had many discussions on it and how she can get help. She’s trying to do it on her own but is not having any success. I’m not sure if she realizes how severe her self-medicating with alcohol is. I feel that it’s gotten worse over the years and that it’s affecting her personal and family life significantly and actually might spill into her professional one. She’s not a religious person so she feels that AA is not an appropriate program for her. So I am doing some investigationing into information on other programs that might be a better fit. Any information you can give me about your program would be welcome. Thank you. Lea

    • Craig Whalley on November 6, 2017 at 6:51 am

      LifeRing sounds like a good fit for your sister. Many of us (including me) came here at a point in our addiction when we were still functional (barely, at least) but not having any luck quitting on our own. I’ll send you an email with more thoughts.
      — Craig W.

  7. Rhonda R. Neal on September 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I was looking for information about how you differentiate yourself the anonymous programs but could not find much details. Could you share how you are different? What makes your model successful? How many people do you serve? I’ve been in recovery for 25 years and I am specifically interested in what you can offer.

    • Craig Whalley on September 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

      LifeRing differs from the 12-step approach in several ways, among them are:
      — We don’t have a quasi-religious belief at the center of our program. We’re not at all anti-religion, we just don’t think it has a place in our meetings or our approach to recovery.
      — We don’t accept the idea that we are powerless. We feel that addiction may leave us weakened but that with support we can regain our strength and choose not to drink or use.
      — We don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all program for recovery; instead we believe that each person, with the support of others, can best determine their own path to recovery.
      — We focus on the present, avoiding “war stories” and “drunkalogues” about our past. Instead, we keep most of the discussion centered on the very recent past and the near future, discussing our recovery, not our addicted lives.

      We share with 12-step a belief in complete abstinence from alcohol and other non-medically-indicated drugs. We have no problem with legitimate use of drugs to treat addicts.

      We differ from SMART Recovery mostly because we feel they are too limited in their approach which is built around teaching psychological techniques that are certainly valuable but, we feel, not the best approach for many.

      LifeRing is growing but is still fairly small. We offer about 200 meetings, mostly in the U.S. but also in Canada, Ireland, the UK and Sweden. We don’t keep membership records but on any given week our meetings are attended by perhaps 2,000 people. Tiny compared to AA, but strong and powerful for those who prefer it!

      Craig W.

  8. Linda on August 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I am not recovering from alcohol or drugs but need help with co-dependency – so I’m told. I was looking at the Celebrate Recovery program (a friend is a recent graduate) but I am not on board with the whole faith based system. Would Life Ring be appropriate for my situation or is everything geared only towards drugs and alcohol? Thank you.

    • Craig Whalley on August 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      We have no groups or programs aimed at co-dependency. As LifeRing grows, we may add groups aimed at ‘loved ones’ of those suffering from substance abuse, but for the time being, I’m afraid all of our energy is going into providing more meetings aimed at addicts themselves. However, if you live in an area with LifeRing meetings, you can check with the meeting convenor to see if they are open to including a ‘loved one’ — many will be, I’m sure. I’ll contact you by email to explore further.
      — Craig W.

  9. Steve D on August 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I’d really like to know more about LR! I’m just posting this comment here before I hit a key and loose the whole redirect that got me here in the first place. I like what I’ve read thus far….sounds interesting.
    Thanks, Steve

    • Craig Whalley on August 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      I’ll send you an email with more information. I’m glad you posted!
      — Craig W.

      • Jeffrey on August 13, 2017 at 8:09 pm

        I would love to get involved with Lifering. AA just doesn’t do it for me.

        • Craig Whalley on August 14, 2017 at 6:21 am

          I’ll be in touch, Jeffrey.
          — Craig W.

  10. Kate on August 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Hi there,
    I think this program is amazing and so nice to see that there’s support beside AA. This is exactly what my Mom has been looking for. Before she can start these meetings, she does need to go back to a treatment center. Can you recommend any that have similar beliefs/ support in California? Thanks

    • Craig Whalley on August 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      I’ll be in touch by email.
      — Craig W. for LifeRing

  11. Keith on March 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Hi. I’m fairly new to the Denver area. I was in AA in TX, and had a fairly horrible experience. I thought moving back to CO might be enough, but alas, I’m still me regardless of location. I see that there’s an “informal” coffee shop meeting tomorrow morning, and I’d like to attend. Question: how do I identify the group in a public setting such as this? I’m a single parent and I’m desperate for a change. I’m ready for it. I just need someone to help me remember that I’m worth it.

    • Craig Whalley on March 18, 2017 at 8:23 am

      I’ll send you an email, Keith.
      –Craig W.

  12. samy on January 31, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    my brother was take (drinking) alcohol daily. my family was feel that bad habit. so how to stop the drinking alcohol. any medicine or tips to stop the drinking alcohol.

    • Craig Whalley on February 1, 2017 at 10:42 am

      I’ll contact you by email. But the first step in saving your brother is for him to want to change. There is no magic pill or treatment that makes it easy. It takes hard work on his part, so he has to want it badly.

  13. Victoria on January 30, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for being here. I have been in a 12 step program for 4 1/2 years and done everything suggested. I can no longer be in a fellowship that does not empower people. I’m glad there are alternative options and will gladly bring this information to others that I know want it.

  14. Cindy S. on December 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hi there, It looks like you have no meetings in Massachusetts. I am a substance abuse counselor in Ma. and would like to offer my clients the opportunity to try alternative groups such as yours. Any idea if there are plans to start meetings in my state? Is there any way I can help online? Maybe by sharing my experiences or offering support?

    • Craig Whalley on December 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      I’ll connect with you by email and we can explore the possibilities.
      — Craig W. for LifeRing

    • Bella on January 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Cindy- I’m a recovering addict/alcoholic in Massachusetts and was sad to see there are no meetings locally as well. However, I was so glad to see that you, a substance abuse counselor, are looking to broaden the spectrum of resources you offer to your clients seeking sobriety. As one that has been in rehab more than once I have to say that the lack of options provided is very discouraging. AA is the only resource I was ever offered and trust me, I have worked the steps and had sponsors and done 90 in 90 but I needed something more empowering and, frankly, creative. I highly recommend the book Clean by David Sheff if you have not already read it, especially considering you work in the field. I wish it were required reading for all those looking to work with substance misusers. It helped me get through my last stay in rehab by reminding me that I was certainly not crazy for not feeling as enthusiastic about AA as I was being told I should be, and it helped me forgive myself for not being convinced that AA was the best/only option for me personally. I shared it with other patients and it was very well received by everyone like a breath of fresh air. If you haven’t read The Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz I also recommend it. She’s featured in a great episode of Fresh Air on NPR as well, discussing her experience as a former addict and her book. Best wishes to you and your clients. Hopefully we’ll have some LifeRing here soon! -Bella

      • Ewa Conroy on February 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        Hi Bella,

        I saw your post and thought I’d reply, I’m a LifeRinger who lives in MA and am planningn to start a meeting sometime this spring (hopefully) in Boston and perhaps in Fall River as well. Are you close to any of these areas?

        Would love to hear from you!


    • Ewa Conroy on February 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Hello Cindy,

      I saw your post on the LifeRing website that you are a substance abuse counselor interested in finding LifeRing meetings in MA. I have been a member of LifeRing for many years but have only availed myself of their online support services so far. I am, however, planning to start up a meeting sometime this spring in the Boston area and possibly also the Southcoast area, namely, Fall River. I’m wondering where you are located; if you’re anywhere close to the areas I mentioned maybe we could talk and see how we could help each other?

      Look forward to hearing from you!

      Ewa C., LifeRing

  15. MK on October 3, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Hi, I’ve been attending OA (overeaters anonymous) and while a very useful start, I’m struggling with the program. I don’t feel powerless, I feel powerful. I don’t want a sponsor, or to work steps, though I see the sense in some of them. Can I attend LifeRing meetings when my drug of choice is, or has been, food? Thanks.

    • Craig Whalley on October 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

      You would be welcome at most of our meetings, MK. Certainly the LifeRing approach is very appropriate for what are sometimes called “behavioral addictions.” There is a difficulty, though, and you allude to it: in LifeRing, we strive for freedom from all mind-altering, non-medically-indicated, substances in addition to one’s ‘drug of choice.’ So the issue becomes, are you willing to give up those substances in pursuit of freedom from your food addiction? If not, some members may find your presence triggering. But it’s up to the convenor and the group — I suggest you get in touch with the convenor of the meeting you have your eye on. You might consider getting a copy of “Empowering Your Sober Self” — it, of course, centers on substance addiction, but many of the elements of recovery are similar or identical. It’s available from LifeRing or from Amazon (which also offers a Kindle edition). I’ll send you an email so we can ‘talk’ about it further.
      — Craig W.

  16. Greg on October 1, 2016 at 3:03 am

    HI=- I live in Castro Valley, Ca and I used to go to LifeRing meetings in Pleasanton 10 or so years ago.I found that it was helpful but didn’t continue due to conflicts at that time with tennis league practices and tournaments, accompanied by injuries ,illness(cancer) , and a desire to drink when I was inactive,
    I am now retired and would like to attend the Dublin Sat 11 am meeting. Is it a drop-in or should I contact the group leader first before showing up?


    • Craig Whalley on October 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Greg —
      All LifeRing meetings are open to anyone who just shows up, with the exception of “closed” meetings which take place in institutional settings (prisons, residential facilities, etc.). I’ll send you an email to be sure you get this information.
      –Craig W

  17. Dave Heitz on May 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Anybody! I’ve succeeded with the sign on to life ring, but I can’t figure out how to get signed on for the first time in the on-line chat room. Help!!!

    • Craig W on May 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Help is on the way, Dave! I’ll contact someone who knows these things.
      — Craig W.

  18. shantanu kumar on January 27, 2013 at 1:43 am

    my Brother take alcohol daily.I try my level best to take out him from this bad habit.so I will
    be kind to you if you prescribe any medicine or other way through which I can take out from this habit,plz help me.
    Thanks & Regards
    shantanu kumar

    • Craig W on January 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Shantanu Kumar
      I’m very sorry that your brother is plagued by alcoholism. LifeRing uses the power of support from other addicts, not medicines. There are a few drugs that doctors can prescribe to help overcome addiction, but they often don’t work and the all require a strong desire to quit along with an active effort to do so.
      — Craig Whalley

  19. kumud s on January 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    need to talk if u can provied me number. but still one of mo family member is drinking on daily base what to do make him out from this. Pls let me no

    • Craig W on January 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      We’ll write you with what little help we can offer.
      — Craig Whalley

  20. Shelton S. on January 2, 2013 at 9:14 am


    I am planning on attending a LifeRing meeting here in Portland, Maine on Friday. Its time to end my drinking since moderation just was never going to work with me.

    I am new to sobriety (like, today) and know this will be hard. If you have any links for newcomers, I’d be interested.


    • Craig W on January 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm


      Attending a LifeRing meeting can help a lot. I’ll contact the convenor and see if he can get in tough before the meeting, just to give you a bit of a boost.

      == Craig W.

  21. M. Selvaraj on December 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    SENSE is a Voluntary organisation working for the welfare of the downtrodden community in Sivagangai district of Tamilnadu, India since 1994. Presently the ill effects of alcohol consumption is alarmingly increasing and we want to take up recovery and remedy works against the alcohol consumption and we need support to take up this activity with in the community. We want to know what sorts of support need in this regard.

    • Craig W on December 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I’ll be in touch, M. Selvaraj.
      — Craig Whalley

  22. Fahad on September 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I have an elder brother who is suffering from cigarette addiction (40-80 per day). I would like to know the details for the treatment of tobacco de-addiction. Is there any treatment which can guarantee the complete prevention of smoking cigarettes. A detail reply is highly appreciated.

    • Craig W on September 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Our focus is on other drugs besides nicotine, although we recognize the great similarities with other addictions. It’s safe to say there are no guarantees for anything in the world of addiction recovery, but we’ll be in tough by email with a suggestion or two.
      –Craig w.

  23. Radhey Shyam Singh on August 21, 2012 at 6:55 am

    dear Sir,
    My son is very bad alcholics, i do lot of counselling but all in vain. Please help me if u can suggest some medicine or doctor.

    • Craig W on August 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      I’ll contact you by email.
      — Craig W.

  24. Tipsi on August 20, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Sir I Take Brown Sugar (Smack) Regularly since 8 to 9 months But i Want to quit it can you suggest me best tips To QUIT THIS BAD HABITS

    • Craig W on August 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      “Tips” aren’t going to be enough, Tipsi. You need to commit and be ready to make major efforts. LifeRing can help you, but you’re the one that has to do the hard work, and it IS hard work.
      — Craig W.

  25. deepa, coorg on August 18, 2012 at 4:55 am

    my cousin brother who is in mumbai has badly addicted to alcohol n other drugs , while he has the responsiblity to take care of his aged mom two year old his baby n wife. kindly help him to get rid of his habbits

    • Craig W on August 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I wish we could, Deepa. but until your brother decides he wants to quit, there’s little we can do. We don’t have a presence in Mumbai, but we do offer internet meetings if he is interested.
      — Craig W.

  26. uday on August 15, 2012 at 3:44 am

    After every 4/5/6 months my brother goes in alcholic problems/bad habits,which gives my family unnecessary tensions,he is a good s.t. driver ,but sometimes he goes under this habit again & again. then i have to run to make him understand ,not to do such mistakes ,you are matured & having govt. job ,it doesn’t look’s good to us & surroundings.
    Then for some months he behaves good, no one can say that he has alcholic problems in past. i have tryed giving him medicines/superticious against this bad-habit, but no use as we think again after 4/5 months ,same thing happens. he is now 35yrs old ,10 months ago he got married, his wife is pregnant ,i am worried about his & his son’s future .
    I, want help , by medicines/etc. to make him & his family be come out , please contact me through my e-mail /mo. no.:-9850784284.

    • Craig W on August 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      I’ll be in touch.
      — Craig W.

  27. M.A.NARASIMHAN on July 31, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Kindly send me chennai (Tamilnadu) address for take treatment for forget alcohol

    • Craig W on July 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Sorry, Nara — I don’t have any addresses for treatments of any kind in Tamil Nadu. And while I wish there was such a thing, I’m afraid forgetting alcohol is not possible.
      — Craig

  28. jyoti kesri on July 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I have been drinking regularly for past 25 years . I want to get rid of this addiction .
    Can you help me? I want to know nasa mukti Kendra address, Where i want to go and I left my bad habit. my email address jyotikesri@ymail.com

    • Craig W on July 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

      I’ll be in touch, Jyoti
      — Craig

  29. Micky on July 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I have been drinking regularly for the past 12 years. The problem is starting to get worse everyday also when i leave for a week the withdrawals are life threatening. pls help me.

  30. Swarnali on July 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    i m working in a family counselling cell in Nagpur. Most of the cases of domestic violence cases are linked with alcohol consumption. mostly in the slums the situation is pathetic. the rehab centres have very low success rate. Can u suggest anything to get rid of this menace. Waiting for ur reply.

  31. eshaan on July 1, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Sir my father is into this habbit since last thirty years please help us toget out of this

  32. SHERRA on May 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm


    • Craig W on May 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I can’t give medical advice, but I’ll write you an email with some general thoughts.
      — Craig

  33. Srinath on April 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I want to take out my brother from this bad habit . please help me.
    My Mobile number is 9886476907 and email id is bs_srinath@ymail.com

  34. Melissa on April 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Are Lifering meetings open to spouses or partners of alcoholics?

    • Craig W on April 9, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Yes, LifeRing meetings are open to all and partners are particularly welcome.

  35. kanav on April 4, 2012 at 8:07 am

    hi dis is kanav, i m an addict nd want to quit, plz help me

    • Craig W on April 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Hi, Kanav. I’ll get in touch via email. We offer support, not “treatment,” So you still have to do the hard work. But we can help!
      — Craig

  36. shatabdi on March 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    dear sir,
    if anyway i can help anybody by sharing my experience or any other way, i would be thankful to god.

    • Craig W on March 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

      I’ll be in touch, Shatabdi
      — Craig

  37. Ginger on March 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    What is LifeRing opinion on medical cannabis?

    • Craig W on March 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      The group has no official opinion, but it’s safe to say that we are very aware of the illegitimate nature of a substantial part of the prescriptions for medical marijuana. We support the use of drugs that are properly prescribed by an informed and conscientious physician, and we recognize that there are legitimate uses for ‘medical marijuana.’ In the end, it comes down to the individual being honest with him/herself.
      — Craig W.

  38. prem lata sharma on February 7, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I want to take out my son from this bad habit . please help me

    • Craig W on February 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

      It’s incredibly difficult to watch a loved one suffering from addiction. You want to do something — anything — to help, but the truth is that the desire to change has to come from inside the addict. I’ll send you an email outlining what we can do to help, but it will be about helping you much more than your son.
      — Craig

  39. dr.balarshailesh on December 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

    i am pratice nasa mukti by ayurved herbs .
    de addiction therapy in the world many types and they r not fully sucessfull sir i want to know ur association and group which may i help u and u may help me
    thank you

  40. paul prakash kumar on November 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I am planning to open a center in India. I need support and help finance, metirials, books and charts etc.
    pl support.
    Dr Paul
    Mob no 09036063407

  41. paul prakash kumar on November 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    pl let me know more about your organisation.
    Dr Paul Prakash Kumar
    Mob no 09036063407
    Email, ppkppk16@gmail.com

    • Craig W on November 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Dr. Kumar,
      I’ll be in touch by email

  42. RASHMI K on November 9, 2011 at 6:54 am

    my husband take alcohol daily.I try my level best to take out him from this bad habit.so I will
    be kind to you if you prescribe any medicine or other way through which I can take out from this habit

    • Craig W on November 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

      I’ll contact you by email.

  43. Bobby Plaine on October 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I am looking forward to attending my first meeting with lifering. I hope it will happen real soon. I am in serious need of a good support group and I am sure this will be on the one! Thanks for hearing me out! SINCERELY bobby PLAINE

    • Craig W on October 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

      We’ll look forward to you, Bobby!
      — Craig

  44. Bobby Plaine on October 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    OMG you all are a godsent group of angels and I cannot wait to attend my first face to face with my Denver contact I discovered Lifering through the V.a.! I am currently in my third rehab facility provided by Denver Health. Yay I can’t handle A/A or any of the other a’s. This has given This veteran regained faith in the human race!

  45. Kate on October 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Pat, I live in Perth West Australia and I’d be very interested in seeing meetings here in WA. Let’s get together on finding out more.

  46. Catherine on October 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Not sure if I’m doing this correctly, but here goes!
    I’ve been attending LR meetings once or twice a week for 6 weeks and they are my lifeline to recovery. I couldn’t do without the sharing, support and experience of my fellow attendees. My question is this: I’m thinking of going to Palm Springs, CA this winter but am reluctant to do so without knowing there is a meeting I can attend. It would be my first sober travel experience so I’ll need some support from like-minded people. If there isn’t a LR group there, I may have to re-think my options! I’m grateful for any input. Thanks.

    • Craig W on October 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      I’m afraid we have no meetings in Palm Springs. I’ll send you an email to discuss some online options.
      — Craig

  47. Pat on October 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    hi all I’m looking to end my damaging relationship with alcohol and have been to a service with specially trained doctors who deal with drugs and alcohol, unfortunately they have a big emhasis on AA and Christian counselors which does not appeal. I live in Perth West Australia and I know there is need for a branch of Life Ring here. Anyone interested please lets get together and make it happen xx.

  48. carol mcloughlin on October 8, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Im Carol from Ireland, Dublin. Im am interested in finding meetings if anyone can help me. Also how do i set up for on line meetings? i found this page by accident.


    • Craig W on October 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Hi, Carol. I’ll write you an email with some information that I hope will be very helpful.

  49. Ctace on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I am in Australia, I stumbled accross this site and I l;ike what I see. When are you going to come and open up in Aussie? Please hurry I’m sick of AA. Can i join your online meetings?

    • Craig W on October 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

      You certainly can join our online meetings, Ctace. I’ll send you an email spelling out your options. We have members from Australia, but they’re spread out — we currently don’t have any meetings there, but just need someone to step forward and get things started down under!
      — Craig

  50. darius d on September 19, 2011 at 6:07 am

    i live in stockton and am a completely confused person. i am at such a stage in life that i just want out. out meaning completely out…..of this wretched world. i met a dear man,troy s; at a meet in stockton and he suggested lifering. i am without family or friends. i have a 7 year old daughter who my estranged wife has custody of as i have been put on disability after 5 surgeries. i feel totally alone. please somebody…help me.

    • Craig W on September 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Any addict reading your words will understand immediately how you feel. So many of us have been there! Troy is exactly the right person to talk to about the closest face-to-face meetings in Modesto. I’ll send you an email about our online options. Don’t give up hope, Darius!

  51. Mike Farley on August 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Can you give me instruction on how to obtain a username and password so I can attend online

  52. Jon on August 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Hi All,

    Anyone know of any research showing consumers of lifering to have greater autonomy (internal locus of control) / self-empowerment / well-being? I figure that these are likely outcomes of a secular based recovery program, but was wondering if it has been proven empirically yet. I also understand that LR welcomes research unlike some other recovery programs. Any feedback/advice would be much appreciated. Thx. Jon

    • Craig W on August 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      The kinds of studies that would show what you (and I) would like to see haven’t been done. Such studies are complicated to do and expensive and to have credibility have to come from outside the group. We are certainly willing to participate in studies of many kinds and in fact will be contributing to one probably this fall, although it won’t be as broad and definitive as you are looking for. We strongly share your wish for empirical data rather than faith as the basis for what we try to do.
      — Craig Whalley

  53. Kathy Gilbert on July 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I love the Life Ring Chat rooms,,,but I would also like to learn about the e-mail connection. Thanks a lot..Kathy

    • Craig W on July 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

      I’ll be in touch with some info!

  54. Patrick M. Faughnan on July 21, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Very much interested in an e-mail connection, the LifeRing approach is what I didn’t find at AA, a relateable outlet without the schism between myself and my lack of belief in a higher power. Plenty of work to do

    • Craig W on July 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Patrick —
      I’ll be in touch by email to give you information.

  55. Alex on June 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Thomas, I’m in the same boat as you. I live in Arcata, CA and I’ve been reading all the literature and trying to get some confidence about starting a LR meeting in this area, which doesn’t have one. I’m going to school in addiction studies as well. What school are you attending? I went to school for three semesters in Vermont at Goddard College. When you have your first meeting, I would greatly appreciate hearing a recap of how it went! I’m not sure it would be a good idea to put my email here for the general public, but you can contact me on lifering.ning.com. I’m the Alex from Arcata. I’m also on the LifeRing Convenor email list, which has been very helpful. health.yahoo.groups.com/group/liferingconvenor

  56. Thomas Halligan on June 13, 2011 at 10:04 am


    I live in Northern Vermont and am looking to hopefully start up a Life Ring in my area. I am finding this all very hard and just want to make sure that before I try and promote this group that I am doing it correctly without tainting the integrity of what “Life Ring” is all about. I have received some literature in the mail already which included “How was your week?”
    I have browsed the Life Ring website and seem to be getting more and more overwhelmed with it. I want to maximize the possibilities of gaining members, considering the strong fact that where I am looking to start up Life Ring, just happens to be the birthplace of Dr. Bob(AA)
    I need to make contact with someone who can hold my hand just so that I can be assured I have all my ducks in a row before meeting one.
    What official paperwork do I need?
    I seen a form about LifeRing Charter and it looks like it needs to be signed by the director or officer.
    I tried advertizing with the forum and that does not seem to be working .
    What else can I do besides standing on a street corner?
    What areas on the LifeRing website to I join for solid information?

    I know I rambled here and that many folks who run LifeRing are quite busy, so I do not want to step on anyone’s toes during this initial process

    Lastly I am a graduate student who is going to college full time as well as doing my internship. My field of study is addictions, so I really want to make this happen in more ways than one, and yes I do meet the criteria needed to be a convenor.

    Thank You very much for your time and efforts,

    Thomas Halligan Jr.
    St. Johnsbury, Vermont

  57. Tony on June 11, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I attend LR meetings in St. Patrick’s in Dublin, Ireland. Would like to hear from likeminded people.

    • Craig W on June 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

      You might consider joining one of our e-mail groups, LSRmail or LSRsafe, or perhaps visit the LifeRing Forum or chat or the Ning social networking site — all our aimed at providing ways to stay in touch with “likeminded people” outside of face-to-face meetings. You might visit https://lifering.org/lifering-on-line/ and look at the options.

  58. Cynthia Williams on May 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Can you tell me how to register? It appears easy to login, but I can’t find a way to register for the first time.

    • Craig W on May 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      I’ll contact you be email to be sure I understand what you’re asking, but my guess is you’re referring to our online chat meetings, which can be a bit tricky. I’ll be in touch.

  59. Patricia on May 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Im in meath ireland and could do with an e pal

    • Craig W on May 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      Hello, Patricia. I’ll send you an email to get things set up.

  60. Bruce Riley on March 24, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I was a member of the LSR Safe group. I no longer remember how to sign in,
    passwords,etc. At the time I may not have been the best member but situations change. I am trying to get c&s and started attending AA mtgs. last week. I am an
    atheist and live in Mobile, Al. I became very angry last night at a meeting last night.
    I have a problem with alcohol and want no part of a god delusion. I have enough
    problems already. They even close meetings here with the lord’s prayer. I really feel
    isolated and would like to at least check out LRS Safe once more.

    • Craig W on March 24, 2011 at 7:28 am

      I’ll be in touch!

  61. marguerite on March 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    haven’t been able to get to meetings, i miss them. Would be good to talk to someone. I’m in Co Meath Ireland and the choices outside AA, which I don’t like the whole ethos of, are few to none.

    • Craig W on March 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Sounds like you could use an E-pal! I’ll send you an email and explain how it works.

  62. Philip on February 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Hi to all from the UK mainland….. We have started a successful group in Belfast Northern Ireland….
    Any chance of some of you guys starting meetings……. 🙂

  63. Kip Nicholas on January 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Is anyone aware of any lifering groups in Australia? I am a struggling atheist addict trying to navigate the waters of NA but feel constantly compromised and insincere.

    • Craig W on January 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      LifeRing doesn’t have any groups in Australia at this time. I hope you’ll explore the on-line venues that we offer — I used LifeRing on-line to get sober 10 years ago.

  64. Craig W on December 31, 2010 at 7:51 am

    We’ll be in touch!

  65. Troy Spears on December 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Just wanted to check in. I’ve been active in AA in Modesto, CA, but I’ve been looking for secular recovery in this area. I started a little “maverick” AA group which is almost 7 years old – we allow visitors and members of other recovery programs to share and we read any literature that we find helpful. Needless to say, most AA in this area is religious and they don’t feel our group is “real” AA. Anyway, I would like to share at treatment facilities but I don’t feel comfortable pushing Higher Powers and take-it-on-faith stepwork. Courts and attorneys find their hands tied in this locale because there is no alternative to the 12 Steps in Stanislaus County. We’re planning our first (unofficial?) meeting on Friday, January 7 at 6:30pm. The first meetings will take place in a private home at 1905 Kienitz Ave, Modesto, CA – later, we will look for a public location such as Kaiser or Doctor’s Medical. Ideas, suggestions, encouragement?

  66. Craig W on November 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I’ll be in touch to get you listed on the website and offer what help we can from the Service Center. It’s very good to hear from you!

  67. Ade Rowley on November 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Hi there

    I have srarted a LifeRing group in England. I am pretty sure we are the flagship group (first group) to set up here. How do I go about having this listed on the website? Also, I am in the process of setting up a website and eventually this will need listing. I did email the webmaster a while back but not sure if that ever arrived there as I did not get a response.


    • hedera on November 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      Sorry about the lack of response, we’ve been in the process of changing webmasters. I’m the new webmaster and an email to webmaster will get a response from now on. I’ve just approved your comment, so the people watching the “New to Lifering” list will see it and probably get in touch for details of your new group. Congratulations!

      Karen I., webmaster

  68. Anthony on October 8, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hi there im new to this but found inspiration 16 months ago to quit alcohol after reading “empowering your sober self” Im looking to interact with people in ireland and more specifically in Dublin. I can be found occasionally in the chat room as anthony46. I look forward to hearing from you Dubs out there. x

  69. SHIRLEY on September 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    just found website looks interesting .I am recovering alcoholic , some years sober. would be good to share experiences

    • Craig W on September 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      You sound like a candiate for our on-line groups, assuming there is no face-to-face group near you. Check them out!

  70. kath on September 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Just picked up empowering your sober self. Great book!
    See on website that the meeting in Fresno is on thursday nights at Kaiser. Where exactly are the meetings held. It’s a big place.

    • Craig W on September 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      The listing for the Fresno meeting mentions Redwood 2nd Floor which should narrow your search some. There’s also a phone number for the convenor of the group. I hope you’ll try to attend!

  71. Michael Walsh on September 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Brilliant! How are you going about getting people to convene and/or get new groups started?

  72. gerry on September 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    The very first meeting of LifeRing was held in Belfast today. What a giant step forward, thank you Denis thank you Marty.

  73. hedera on September 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    The “How LifeRing Works” video is super – who created it?

  74. jennie on September 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    When and where are meetings in the Seattle, WA area?

  75. nicole campbell on September 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    just found out about this site!! looking for all the help i can get to get sober from alcohol!!!!