Paths That Lead to Recovery

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Illustration of people in directions of addiction recoveryFinding a group or groups to relate with encourages commitment and accountability – which in turn, empowers sobriety. LifeRing supports all pathways to recovery. 



In the early days on my path to recovery, I remember thinking, this highly detailed plan, all this structure works for everyone else. Why doesn’t it seem to work for me? I thought I was committed to changing my behavior and thus my life. Every day I said I was. Yet, every time the daily conflicts felt too difficult so I gave in to drinking to deal with them.

          Was there a pathway for me?

          If there was one, why couldn’t I find it?

Often the path was too daunting. How could I get through without my dear friend alcohol? What would ease my pain so I could show up and attempt to do my job and meet everyone’s high expectations of me?

As a child and young person, I was told that if I did everything right my path would unfold in a peaceful way. Remember that ‘happily ever after’ story. Why was my path so rocky? It did not appear that my choices were that far off from those others made.

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Why didn't it seem to work for me?

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When I heard about LifeRing Secular Recovery, I thought, that has a nice ring to it. Perhaps I should try it. What was different?

          They didn’t judge me.

          They listened.

          They said I didn’t have to believe in a power other than my own.

They offered usable examples of small shifts they had made in their own behavior that mattered in shifting their life's path.


— Lorraine H.
LifeRing Advocate, Convenor, and Board Member

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