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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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See also: Seven Reasons to be a Convenor, in the Convenor Blog

 

What is a convenor?  A convenor is a LifeRing member who leads a regular meeting of other LifeRing members.  If you want to start your own meeting, you are about to become a convenor.

When you have made a solid start on your recovery from drinking/drugging, you will probably find that you can see more clearly where you have come from and where you are going.  You may see that the support you have received from your LifeRing meetings has profoundly changed your life for the better. It is normal for people at this point to feel grateful and to look for a way to give something back.

You can, of course, give money.  LifeRing operates on a shoestring and donations are always needed and welcome.  But you can also give something more precious than money: your time and your abilities.

The word convenor means “people who bring people together.” When you start, facilitate, or support a LifeRing meeting, the essence of your effort is to bring people together in recovery. LifeRing convenors are the vital connectors at the centers of the LifeRing support network. LifeRing convenors are ordinary people in recovery, but they are also very special.  Read this page to find out whether you can be a convenor, and, if so, how you can get started.

Who can be a LifeRing convenor?
Anyone with a personal history of recovery from addictive substances who has at least six months continuous clean and sober time can be a LifeRing convenor.  In some situations, people become convenors earlier.  Occasionally, treatment professionals with no personal recovery history start LifeRing meetings, but the aim is to turn the meeting over to a person in recovery as soon as possible.

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Do I have to take a test to be a convenor
No. It is useful for convenors to be familiar with LifeRing literature — particularly How Was Your Week?, the convenor’s handbook — but no exam is required. Convenors are peers in recovery.  They are not treatment professionals and do not need a license or certificate. However, being a convenor can be very educational.  Some veteran LifeRing convenors could probably teach classes in addiction recovery, based on their personal experience and readings. High among the qualities that make a good convenor is being a good listener, being modest, and having a positive outlook.