“I Beat Addiction Without God”

Back in August, our very own LifeRing Board member, Mary Beth O’Connor, had an essay featured in the Wall Street Journal: “I Beat Addiction Without God.”  I couldn’t wait to share the essay with everyone I knew who was seeking choice in recovery!  

Mary Beth wrote about her recovery in a way that empowers all of us who are embarking on our own sober journeys: “Being forced to find my own path ultimately made me stronger….and I began thinking more about Recovery than recovery —that is, being happy and stable without constantly addressing my addiction. The key was turning techniques into habits and reminding myself of what I could achieve before addiction ruined my life… my brain had been rewired to stay clean. Not using was my new normal. Healthier patterns dominated, and the struggle was over”.  

This is LifeRing in its essence. We can empower our sober selves. We can create the recovery plan that aligns with our own values and encourages us to ultimately trust ourselves, as long as we DNDNMW.

Here is the WSJ link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/i-beat-addiction-without-god-11597360535






  1. David Atkinson on November 9, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Sorry, I can’t read it because apparently the WSJ wants me to subscribe first.

  2. Bees on November 9, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Thanks, Ewa. This is a great piece and worth sharing with friends and family who don’t really get LifeRing Secular Recovery. If you don’t have a subscription to the WSJ, here’s a workaround to read a very similar article written by Ms. O’Connor posted on APK Metro News: https://apkmetro.com/i-beat-addiction-without-god/

    • Milo on November 12, 2020 at 10:54 am

      That is an awfully sketchy “workaround”. The articles wording has been changed to the point it is difficult to understand and in order to read it they ask you first to click and then double click which sent me on an advertisement rabbit hole. Do you know if this is a legitimate site?