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A LifeRing Keeper: “I’m not Wrong, I’m not Insane, I’m not Powerless”

A recent post from a LifeRing email group sums up the experience of many upon finding LifeRing:

Empowering Your Sober Self    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.

The Trains are Running Again

The strike at BART — Bay Area Rapid Transit — has ended, at least for now, and the LifeRing Service Center is much easier to get to. So regular office hours have resumed. Those hours do tend to be erratic, though, so calling in advance of a visit is an excellent idea.

Video of Martin Nicolaus Lecture Returns to this Website

A video of a lecture given by LifeRing’s founding leader Martin Nicolaus in Victoria, Canada, is now available again. The talk was given to a group of medical professionals at ‘Psychiatric Grand Rounds’ at the Eric Martin Institution in October of 2010. It provides a very good look at the intellectual underpinning of LifeRing. view the video below, or at it’s permanent site Here

LifeRing’s Annual Meeting Coming to Denver Soon

The 2013 LifeRing Annual Meeting will take place next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 31, June 1 and 2, in Denver, CO. Friday will primarily be devoted to talk of strengthening the organization, with presentations by LifeRing’s Executive Director Robert Stump on “organic growth,” a lunch session led my Secretary Tim Reith and Board candidate Mahala Kephart on strategic planning, and a convenor training workshop led by Board member Dru Boyd. Saturday features a talk by noted author Gabor Mate, co-sponsored by LifeRing and the Love and Trauma Center of Denver. There will also be presentations by Denver author Candice Shelby (‘Addiction: Beyond Choice or Disease’), and a panel discussion including representatives of LifeRing, SMART Recovery and Women For Sobriety.

Saturday evening will be the annual Banquet, and Sunday morning brings the LifeRing Congress, which is the ultimate governing body of LifeRing. At that meeting, bylaw amendments will be considered, plus suggested “directives” to the Board (rather like voter initiatives in State elections). New Board members will be nominated at the Congress but, assuming it passes, a bylaw change to allow absentee voting will push the elections for the Board to the Congress delegates voting by mail (mostly email), including those not in Denver.

As always at these annual gatherings, much of the benefit is the pleasure derived from meeting with people from all over who share the LifeRing recovery experience.

‘Drunkorexia’ a new problem, especially for young

Alcoholic beverages like this wine or “light” beer may fuel the “drunkorexia” problem.

I had never even heard of such a word as “drunkorexia” until an Atlantic Monthly story caught my eye.

Here’s the gist: Young people, especially young women, worried enough about calories that they severely cut back their eating to “allow” for the calories of alcohol.

And, it’s a serious issue:

(Adam) Barry examined 22,000 college students across 40 universities and found that, even after controlling for race, school year, Greek affiliation and whether a student lived on campus (the authors did not control for whether a respondent played on a sports team), vigorous exercise, and disordered eating uniquely predicted binge drinking. In fact, those who exercised or dieted to lose weight were over 20 percent more likely to have five or more drinks in a single sitting. Students who had vomited or used laxatives in the previous month to shed pounds were 76 percent more likely to binge drink.

Add in that an empty stomach absorbs alcohol more quickly, and that alcohol’s nutrient-empty calories don’t help a dieter, and you’re looking at a variety of potential problems.

Per the story, it sounds like it’s a growing issue, too.

For Lifering, that means working to help people help themselves through both alcohol problem and the eating disorder that may also have developed.