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LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people.

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Mission Statement

To provide an abstinence based, secular, and self-empowered addiction recovery pathway through our meeting and support network

About LifeRing

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people. Many LifeRing members attend other kinds of meetings or recovery programs, and we honor those decisions. Some have had negative experiences in attempting to find help elsewhere, but most people soon find that LifeRing’s emphasis on the positive, practical present-day can turn anger and despair into hope and resolve. LifeRing respectfully embraces what works for each individual.

LifeRing believes you DO have the power to overcome your addiction. It’s hard, there are often setbacks, but in every addict there exists the desire to find lasting sobriety. We think of that as the Sober Self. With addiction, that part of us has been beaten down and relegated to a corner of our brains, but it’s still there. We also have an Addict Self that wants to control our decision-making and lead us to use the substance that is wrecking our lives.

LifeRing tries to support your efforts to strengthen the Sober Self and weaken the Addict Self. Our meetings, whether in person or online, consist of addicts using their Sober Self to connect with the Sober Self of other addicts. We share advice, understanding, and encouragement. We focus primarily on our current lives, not on the hurts and damages of the past. Two addicts, talking Sober-Self to Sober-Self, learn from each other and gain strength from each other.

Steps, and Higher Powers and Sponsors – those work for some people very well. Our approach is different. We think YOU are the best person to design YOUR OWN program – you know what’s needed in your life and what has to be abandoned. You know what triggers cravings and what provides healthy and strengthening pleasure. You know the path you want to be on and you are the only person who can figure out how best to get there. LifeRing provides safe and supportive contact with others that enables that process to succeed.

LifeRing provides support for you to get and stay clean and sober. You do the hard work, and we offer information, advice, understanding and lots of support through face-to-face (F2F) meetings, on-line meetings, other on-line resources, and a variety of publications.

If you're looking for a Face-to-Face Meeting, check this link out:

Find a face-to-face meeting near you


For those who do not live close to a face-to-face meeting or who

are more comfortable communicating with the online

LifeRing community, we offer the following services:

Online Meetings
Email Groups and Forums


Here is the link to our Bookstore


If you'd prefer to communicate with an actual person, try our toll-free phone number at +1-800-811-4142 or email the service center at service@lifering.org. Once we receive your contact information, someone from LifeRing will get in touch with you.

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Our Approach

The "3-S" Philosophy

“3-S” is short-hand for the fundamental principles of LifeRing:  Sobriety, Secularity, and Self-Help.

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The “A” and the “S” Conflict

Imagine that inside of each person who is struggling with drug/alcohol issues, there is the “A” (the addict self) and the “S” (the sober self).

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Success Stories

Inspire others. Share your LifeRing Success Story. Take hope, comfort, and inspiration from all of them. If you would like to share your story, click here for more information.

If This Is Day One

If this is Day One for you — or if Day One is in your near future — you may want to know what to expect if you choose to get clean and sober the LifeRing way. The LifeRing approach works mainly by bringing people together. Although some people can stop drinking and drugging in isolation, many people find it more interesting, more fun, and more effective to do it together with others in self-help groups.

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LifeRing's Recovery Toolbox

There are as many different ways to get clean and sober as there are alcoholics and addicts. There is no magic formula that works for everyone at all times. All the different “Programs” contain some useful ideas. No one approach has a “lock” on recovery. Every method produces some success stories. Every method produces some relapses.

Click here for information on the LifeRing Recovery Toolbox.