News Blog

Email Signup - Get the newsletter, blog posts, and general LifeRing announcements.

Four Tools That Help Me

By The Chief | February 21, 2010

By Mark C. People.  I have found that if I am alone or with people who are still using then it’s usually just a matter of time before I start to find excuses to use. Being around people who are not using, and specifically people in recovery I find excuses not to use. Establish Phone…

Craig M.’s Monday Night Sobriety Tool Collection

By The Chief | February 21, 2010

I collected these twenty tested tips for staying sober at the Monday night Berkeley meeting this week: 1) Identify what physical needs alcohol met for your body. Alcohol is metabolized into water, an aldehyde, and sugar. Only sugar could satisfy a physical need/craving for your body. So maybe you could just eat sugary foods and…

Dealing with Cravings and Feelings

By The Chief | February 17, 2010

Set Up the Projector If I wondered why I didn’t drink yesterday, I’d never get this morning’s breakfast or probably lunch made. I have discovered that my superhuman, superheterodyne, Hoover Dam-powered intellect doesn’t do me much good when I have to fight off the desire for drink or cigarettes. I use the part of the…

“Daily Dos”

By The Chief | February 17, 2010

 Keeping the Sobriety Priority fresh in our minds is helped with daily reinforcement. The following are excerpts from email posts contributed to a “Daily Do” topic.. Laura L:  One thing that helped me a lot when I got sober was to actually write down how drinking made me feel, and all the guilt, shame etc.,…

Abstinence Assists

By The Chief | February 17, 2010

   Contributed by a member of the Santa Rosa CA LifeRing meeting These thoughts and actions have helped some achieve abstinence.  They may, or may not, be suitable for you. 1. Change mind set to one of a non-drinker/user.  This is easier said than done.  Consider how it’s helped quarterbacks, amputees, etc.  (Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz.)…

Keepers

By The Chief | July 22, 2009

Keepers: Voices of Secular Recovery edited and with an introduction by Marty Nicolaus From LifeRing Press Keepers is a selection of more than 120 short items culled from among the best postings by members of the LifeRing email list during 1996 – 1999. A small number of copies of the book are still available at…

A Two-Day Workshop on Solution Focused Interviewing – A Report for LifeRing Convenors

By The Chief | May 14, 2005

On the Thursday and Friday leading up to the 2005 LifeRing Congress in Guelph, Dr. Ronald Warner of the University of Toronto led a workshop entitled “Solution Focused Interviewing: Basic Skills.”  I was one of the more than two dozen paying participants. Like Moliere’s bourgeois gentleman who discovers that he has been “speaking prose all…

Well, it doesn’t “work”…people work.

By The Chief | January 7, 2003

By Rick B. Rick eloquently and accurately  explains to a newbie what LifeRing is, and what it IS NOT.  “LifeRing is not a pill, or a magic spell, or a secret formula.  LifeRing is simply an organization of people who share a common goal – sobriety,  and who share some common basic beliefs about how…

Larry and Alvin Discuss Drinking

By The Chief | January 7, 2003

by Tim in Toronto The scene: A party. Our cast of characters: Larry: Somebody who used to drink too much Alvin: Somebody who enjoys the occasional snifter of brandy And now, Larry and Alvin discuss drinking… 9:00 PM Alvin: Care for a drink? Larry: No, thanks. Alvin: You don’t drink? Larry: Nope. Alvin: Why not?…

Defined by words or action?

By The Chief | November 26, 2002

by Dan in Canada “C’mon Dan. There is a holiday gathering at the pub tonight after work. Let’s go get a beer.” “No, but thank you for asking.” “You do not drink, do you, Dan?” “No. I just choose to not do that.” “Dan, are you an alcoholic?” “Because I choose to not drink, I…