Starting a LifeRing Meeting

Generally, anyone in recovery from substance addiction, who is familiar with the LifeRing philosophy and has at least six months’ continuous sobriety can be a LifeRing convenor. People may, however, become convenors earlier. Occasionally, treatment professionals with no personal recovery history start meetings, but the aim is to transition meeting convenorship to a person in recovery as soon as possible.

Starting a Face-to-Face Meeting

  • Review our How Was Your Week? book. It offers an excellent overview of both the LifeRing organization and the role of the convenor. There is a free PDF version of an older edition here.
  • How Was Your Week? and other important LifeRing books are available in a "Starter Kit" for new convenors. Look here for additional information and special pricing.
  • Click here for an overview of a typical Face-to-Face LifeRing meeting.
  • Find a meeting location in your local community and select a day and time for your weekly meetings.
  • Submit a request to service@lifering.org and a meeting information form will be sent to the recipient's email address.  
  • To get started, signup here for the newsletter, blog posts, and general LifeRing announcements via email.
  • Invite your friends in recovery and other local peers to attend the meeting … that’s it!

Starting an Online Meeting

  • Review our How Was Your Week? book. It offers an excellent overview of both the LifeRing organization and the role of the convenor. There is a free PDF version of an older edition here.
  • How Was Your Week? and other important LifeRing books are available in a "Starter Kit" for new convenors. Look here for additional information and special pricing.
  • Find a day and time for your new meeting. Look here at the existing meetings, Online Meeting Schedule, for available time slots.
  • Email the LifeRing Service Center at service@lifering.org to introduce yourself and receive some useful information for starting an online meeting.
  • To get started, signup here for the newsletter, blog posts, and general LifeRing announcements via email.
  • Invite your friends in recovery and post your meeting information on the Online Meeting Schedule for additional participation. 

 For any questions, email the LifeRing Service Center at service@lifering.org