Verywell Mind identifies LifeRing as “The Best Secular Group for 2021”

Verywell Mind identifies LifeRing as "The Best Secular Group for 2021":

How We Chose the Best Online Sobriety Support Groups

The best sobriety support groups were chosen based on the history of the company or organization, the variety of resources offered, accessibility to the general public, and focus on a niche aspect of sobriety support. When choosing a sobriety group, it's best to consider the specific needs you are looking to address. While Loosid and Club Soda are more geared toward socializing, LifeRing and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are focused on recovery."


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  1. Debra Laine Linde on January 29, 2021 at 6:25 am

    I learned about LifeRing several years ago. I needed an alternative to AA. Not fond of standing in a circle at the end of the meeting praying or singing . Some of their concepts stuck in my craw. Had difficulties with several sponsors and decided not to go anymore. Might work for others but I seemed to be a difficult case. After 6 DUI’s and now a convicted felon(three strike rule in Michigan) I was toast and needed a different view point. I’m not “cured “but I no longer drink. Slapping a unremovable label as “alcoholic” on myself at every meeting hurt me mentally and emotionally. Did not need that. I now have a life and
    I am forever grateful to LifeRing and Craig W. Thanks so very much.

    • Sue on January 29, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you for sharing your strength and determination, Debra. Your story is truly inspirational. So glad you are part of the LifeRing Community!

      In my opinion, the “Alcoholic” label is a lot like the “A” worn by Hester Prynne in Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter.” It is applied to bring shame. But like Prynne, we can hold our heads high and know that we rise above archaic stereotypes and ignorant people quick to judgment without bothering to take a closer look. We are stronger for it.