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LifeRing Secular Recovery

LifeRing Secular Recovery

LifeRing Secular Recovery group meetings offer support to those who are in recovery from addiction but who feel uncomfortable with the spiritual aspect of traditional 12-step groups. Through positive social support and reinforcement, it utilizes meetings and a workbook called “Recovery by Choice” designed to help you build a solid foundation in abstinence.

The 3-S Philosophy

LifeRing Secular Recovery groups are based on what they term the “3-S” philosiphy of recovery. These include:

  • Sobriety:  In LifeRing, sobriety is defined by abstinence from all drugs and alcohol.
  • Secularity:  Your religious beliefs are your own in LifeRing; no spiritual view of any kind, including atheism, is supported by the group mentality. Rather than being dependent upon a Higher Power, LifeRing participants focus on sustained sobriety through human efforts.
  • Self-help:  The key to recovery in LifeRing is you: your efforts, your motivation, your goals. What do you want to accomplish in life? LifeRing believes that you can do anything as long as you remain sober if addiction is an issue for you.

‘How Was Your Week?’

Though there are a number of different types of meetings, the theme of most is “How Was Your Week?” Based on how participants respond, the meeting may take on its own direction as people explore the challenges that came up for them during the week and come up with a game plan to tackle potential obstacles going forward into the next week.

LifeRing Secular Recovery Quick Facts

  • LifeRing Secular Recovery was started in 2001.
  • Every year, there is an annual LifeRing Congress. Each group can elect one member to attend this meeting. The Congress elects a Board of Directors and the Board appoints officers who run LifeRing.
  • LifeRing is not a 12-step program. There are no sponsors in LifeRing, and no one works the steps. If you would like to do those things, you are welcome to participate in a 12-step group simultaneous to your participation in LifeRing.
  • LifeRing participants are not necessarily atheists. About 40 percent of members attend church, synagogue or another place of worship.

Cross Talk

One major difference between LifeRing and traditional 12-step meetings is that LifeRing meetings encourage its participants to take part in “cross talk.” Cross talk happens when one person shares and another person raises their hand to speak and comments on the original share. For example, one person may share with the group that she is struggling with finding a job in recovery and may lose her apartment. In a LifeRing meeting, another member of the group who may be able to offer a job or a place to stay can raise their hand and address that person during the meeting whereas in a 12-step meeting that person would have to approach the original sharer after the meeting or during the break.

Are You on Board With the LifeRing Philosophy?

If you would like to learn more about LifeRing Secular Recovery or if you would like to be incorporate group meetings into your overall treatment plan as you recover from addiction, contact us today to find out how we can help you do it.

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