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Applause for the Struggling

By The Chief | September 7, 1998

By Gregg F. Hi all, I just ran a 5K race this morning. The same race I wanted to run for the past two years. The same race I passed in my car last Labor Day, racing to the bar to get there as soon as it opened. A knot in my gut made worse…

What Makes Me Want To Stay Sober?

By The Chief | August 14, 1998

By Kathy B. [Responding to Lynda’s question why sobriety is better than drinking] What makes me want to stay sober? It’s a great question. First, I’d have to say I never want to fall down on the pavement at 2AM and not remember what happened. Or … being followed by some stranger in the wee…

The “Just-One Genie”

By The Chief | August 1, 1998

By Diane J. Pauli, you wrote well about the “Just-One Genie”: <snip>Rest of the family knows I’m in a program and either not drinking or only “one.” Yeah, it’s terrible and causes me enormous problems. But a couple of “just ones” in a week is so much better than 18 months ago; I’m putting up…

Breaking a Lifelong Pattern

By The Chief | July 17, 1998

by Jane D. [Jan had posted: Sorry couldn’t take it any longer. Had to drink, poor judgment but felt good (actually bad). How can I stop, I can’t talk to you guys immediately and I was waiting for some inspirational mail and that didn’t come.] Wow! I’ve been feeling just like that for the last…

Woke Up Thankful

By The Chief | July 12, 1998

By Colleen C. Hi gang: Well my cousin who lives here in Nashville asked me to go the stock car races last night so she could peruse the sea of blue collar boys and hopefully snake charm one. I obliged wondering if I would drink. Dumb maybe but… She was a little stunned when I…

Big Stuff Going On

By The Chief | July 8, 1998

By Laura L. Dear Group: I don’t know what I might accomplish by doing this, maybe I will get lucky and help myself, as well as someone else. As some of the folks who have been on here know, I have been going through a very difficult time. The die has been cast, and I…

Sober Is Better

By The Chief | July 5, 1998

By Paula B. Dear Jan, I’ve had a delightful 4th, followed by a decadent night eating fresh raspberries, blueberries & watermelon while watching pure trash on TV. It don’t get no better than this. I left my email notification program on, heard the beep & wandered out to find your message. I read your earlier…

Why I Drank Like I Did

By The Chief | June 29, 1998

by Tom S. I spent a lot of time, most of it drinking, trying to “figure out” why I drank like I did. I assumed, owing to circumstances in my family, that I was mentally ill and that my drinking was a means of “self-medicating”. I assumed that the pressures of my job and family…

The Most Positive Action I Have Ever Taken

By The Chief | June 19, 1998

By Lorne L. [Lynn posted that she was one day sober.] Hey, Greetings Lynn and welcome aboard the good ship RECOVERY!! One day – that’s just great. You know, Lynn, we all have just one day – today. The past is history and the future isn’t here so now is what we have. It takes…

A Chance to Start Over

By The Chief | June 5, 1998

By Shirlee B. [Don wrote: Plus, I tend to get angry more than I liked and that is a drag and so I did not want to practice getting mad.] Don, I stumbled across this myself just recently only it has more to do with why I am “sad” rather than “mad”. Why keep dredging…