LifeRing Secular Recovery may be a good fit for people who want to join a sobriety support group but don’t want the spiritual aspects of AA or NA.
Sometimes people want to meet with others to discuss their recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, but they don’t want to discuss a higher power, spirituality, or God while they do so. If that’s the case, they may want to see what LifeRing Secular Recovery has to offer.
What Is LifeRing Secular Recovery?
As its name indicates, LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization that takes a secular approach to recovery and sobriety. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) organizations urge their followers to admit that their addictions have rendered them powerless and ask God or a higher power to take control.
On the other hand, “LifeRing believes you DO have the power to overcome your addiction,” says the organization. It acknowledges that while 12-step approaches and other methods work for some people, people can also find sobriety if they design their own programs, learn what triggers their cravings, and identify what helps them live healthy lives.
What Are Some Features of LifeRing Secular Recovery?
People began gathering for LifeRing Secular Recovery meetings in 2001. The organization welcomes people who have struggled with alcohol or drug addiction. Sometimes, people are members of both LifeRing and other sobriety organizations, such as AA or NA.
Like other sobriety groups, LifeRing Secular Recovery encourages people to discuss their sobriety with others. To provide guidelines for meetings and organizational matters, LifeRing features LifeRing Bylaws.
Also like other sobriety groups, members don’t have to pay to join LifeRing, although the organization welcomes donations. During meetings, people might circulate collection plates to solicit funds, and the organization also raises funds by selling books and brochures.
What Does LifeRing Secular Recovery Do?
Like other sobriety groups, LifeRing Secular Recovery encourages people to talk with others. LifeRing offers:
Communicating with other people who have faced similar struggles—and have overcome them—can be educational and inspirational.
Visitors on LifeRing’s website can find an interactive map that shows the locations of its in-person meetings. Clicking on each location gives detailed addresses, maps, and contact information.
Meetings often incorporate these elements:
- Discussing what happened in the previous week: “How was your week?” is often a topic at meetings.
- Strategizing how to approach the coming week.
- Talking with people during these discussions.
- Applauding people’s continued success in staying sober.
If people do not have a LifeRing Secular Recovery meeting in their area—due to lack of interest or because face-to-face meetings have been suspended and public buildings closed due to developments such as the COVID-19 pandemic—they can still meet fellow LifeRing members virtually:
- Meet online using Zoom.
- Participate in US or international email groups.
- Ask questions by completing the ePals contact form.
- Post their thoughts and questions on the Delphi Forum.
Even when people can’t meet in person, they can still receive the interaction they want and need.
To contact LifeRing, go to the organization’s online contact page at lifering.org/contact-us. There, they can find the information to send an email or letter, make a phone call, or just fill out a form.
What Is a Convenor?
Convenors are people who lead LifeRing Secular Recovery meetings. Sometimes they may establish meetings in places that didn’t have them before.
Typically, convenors are people who are in recovery themselves who will share their experiences with addiction and the road back so that others can learn from them. They offer comfort by helping others see that they’re not alone.
How Can People Learn More?
Convenors at LifeRing Secular Recovery meetings also can distribute brochures, help participants order pamphlets and informational books, and encourage them to complete the Recovery by Choice workbook
People can also go online to:
- Visit LifeRing’s site to learn about the program and where to find meetings.
- Read online newsletters that discuss the program and sobriety.
- Find online resources for professionals who are considering referring people to LifeRing.
LifeRing teaches that people have the power to educate themselves and exert the necessary energy to become sober. It provides resources to do so.
- alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk - The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
- lifering.org - About LifeRing
- williamwhitepapers.com - The History of LifeRing Secular Recovery: An Interview with Marty Nicolaus
- lifering.org - Bylaws, Policies, BOD Minutes & Financials
- lifering.org - Find a Meeting in the US
- lifering.org - Email groups
- lifering.org - ePals
- lifering.org - Contact Us
- lifering.org - Convenors
- lifering.org - Newsletters
- lifering.org - For Recovery Professionals