Information on starting a LifeRing meeting
Generally, anyone in recovery from substances 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.
- Find a meeting location and select a regular timeslot.
- Invite your friends in recovery and other local peers to attend the meeting.
- Email the LifeRing Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself, get your new meeting listed in our directory, and to receive your LifeRing Meeting Charter
- Review our How Was Your Week book. It offers a great overview of both the LifeRing organization and the role of the convenor. There’s also a free PDF version available of an older edition.
- Join the LifeRing Convenors’ Email Group. A great place to ask questions and to learn best practices from our international convenor community.
- Get the newsletter, blog posts, and general LifeRing announcements by email, please click here.
- Request a specially priced Starter Kit for your meeting. Please see this link.
… that’s it!
Other important LifeRing documents you might need for starting a LifeRing meeting:
- IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter and confirmation letter
- LifeRing Bylaws
- Typical Certificate of Insurance If you need a certification of insurance, please email the LifeRing Service Center with the owner's name and the property address of the building where your meeting is being convened. Also include your name, email address, day and time of the meeting, and any other pertinent information. Include "Certificate of Insurance" in the subject line.