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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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Face to Face Meeting Format

In most LifeRing meetings, people sit in a circle. The meeting is small enough so that everyone can participate. After a short opening statement, the meeting facilitator (we call them “convenors”) asks “How was your week?” People take turns talking about what has been going on in their re­covery since the last meeting, and what lies ahead for them in the coming week. The focus will be on current events in the participants’ lives.

You are not required to label yourself as an “alcoholic” or “addict” to participate. A desire to be clean and sober is the only requirement for being there. You need to be clean and sober at the time of the meeting in order to speak.

 

LifeRing meetings encourage questions, comments, and other feedback throughout the hour. If you have a question, feel free to ask the person right then. If you have something to say, say it while it’s fresh in your mind. As people become comfortable with one another, the meeting atmosphere becomes like a living room filled with sober friends having a relaxed, free conversation. Laughter is a common ingredient.

 

There are some limits. Please, no extended “war stories” about your drinking/using past. No attack therapy or confrontation. Please avoid giving unsolicited advice. No religion or politics. No trashing of other recovery approaches. Keep it civil and keep it positive.

Meetings usually end with a mutual round of applause for staying clean and sober.

Meetings are confidential. You may disclose to your friends that you participated, but you may not disclose who else was present or what they said.

Participation is free. A basket may be passed to defray expenses, but contributions are voluntary. The convenor will sign or stamp your attendance sheet on request. Most courts and most treatment programs, credit LifeRing attendance on a par with other support groups.

Study meetings where people work the Recovery by Choice workbook together may also be available in your area. Ask the convenor or check the schedule with the Service Center.

 

Online Support

If there are no meetings in your area, LifeRing offers a wide array of online support options, including Online Meetings and Chatemail lists, and Delphi Forum.

 

Get support anytime with access to online meetings and chat rooms

Online Meetings/Chat Rooms

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

Email Support Groups

LifeRing can connect you with numerous online support groups. You can also learn about our Convenor groups here.