Support for staying clean and sober the LifeRing way

A network of friends helping each other to live free of alcohol and other addictive drugs, based on the philosophy of LifeRing.


Please click here to visit the homepage of Lifering Secular Recovery, to get even more information about Lifering. Lifering's online support includes (clickable links in blue):

1. An online meeting room, with both formal meetings and informal "just chat" time. If the link above doesn't work, try this one.

2. A list of face-to-face meetings, updated regularly. (See further below for a list of regional Lifering websites.)

3. Information on how Lifering works, including its "toolbox" for sobriety.

4. Links to a variety of email lists, including ones for people who may struggle with food/body issues, a women's list and a UK list.

5. A bulletin board service discussion forum. (Note: Content is publicly visible.)

6. How to become a convenor and help starting a meeting.

7. Information on making a donation to Lifering.



1. Click here for a list of general guidelines for comment posting, blog posting, forum posting, commenting on others' blog and forum posts, etc.

2. Individuals' "status" messages are editable at the top of individual members' pages.

3. The forum section is for more general discussion posts, while blogs are generally more personal in nature. There's no hard-and-fast division points between the two. 

4. Groups may be for things such as particular addictions (like marijuana) within Lifering's support, or for using technology, science, etc. for helping in support and recovery. Discussion, support and focus in groups should be guided by the same principles of recovery support listed in the guidelines above for posting in the general area of this site.

5. Members are free to post videos, podcasts and other audio clips, and photos. There is currently a limit of 20 per day on photo posting.

6. Ning has many "personalization" settings for design of your home page, etc. Play around!

7. Regarding privacy issues, the front page of this site is visible to the public; individual pages, blog and forum posts not listed on the front, etc., are NOT visible to the public.


URLs for regional websites below are clickable hyperlinks

1. Lifering Austin

2. Lifering Colorado

3. Lifering Modesto, Calif.

4. Lifering Sacramento

5. Lifering Tampa Bay

6. Lifering Connecticut
7. Lifering Tucson

8. Lifering Sonoma Cty., Cal.

9. Lifering Akron, Ohio

10. Lifering Humboldt Cty, Cal.

11. Lifering San Francisco

12. Lifering Marquette, Mich.

13. Lifering's Facebook page

Please email Steve or Jeff if you have a new regional website or Facebook page to post here.


URLs for international websites below are clickable hyperlinks

1. Lifering Canada

2. Lifering Ireland

3. Lifering Ireland - Cork

4. Lifering Denmark on Facebook

5. Lifering Denmark


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Plain old Steve left a comment for Karleen
"Welcome here. We can help you help yourself. Sobriety will help with the chaos, and if you need additional help, will give you the "working space" for that."
Karleen is now a member of LifeRing
Plain old Steve posted a discussion

Lifering Congress (convention) overview

Annual LifeRing Conference and CongressJune 3, 4, & 5, 2016San Diego, CaliforniaElection NewsThe annual LifeRing election is upon us once again. This is an absentee election. Voting will begin approximately ten days after the end of the LifeRing Congress and will continue for thirty days. Below are some exciting way to participate in the governance of LifeRing.…See More
Plain old Steve left a comment for anna
"Plenty of Lifering meetings in the Bay Area. Hope you're getting all the help and guidance you want and need."
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Plain old Steve left a comment for Lynn Oburg
"Welcome here. Been to any Sacramento Lifering meetings yet? And, yes, "redesign for yourself" ... that's the spirit; we're here to help you help yourself."
Ellen Wardingley left a comment for Byron Kerr
"Good Morning Byron, Thanks for the welcome!! I am excited about learning more and getting involved in Life ring! Breath of fresh air for sure! "
Apr 20
Byron Kerr left a comment for Ellen Wardingley
"Welcome Ellen! LifeRing is a wonderful alternate or supplement for support. We welcome all without any demands that you change your world view. We only care about supporting you on your sober journey.  One way many have found to strengthen…"
Apr 20
Plain old Steve left a comment for Ellen Wardingley
"They are text/typing meetings. Easy to follow."
Apr 19
Ellen Wardingley left a comment for Bob O.
"Thanks Bob,  I am really looking forward to getting involved in Life Ring,  Thanks for welcoming me!"
Apr 19
Plain old Steve left a comment for Ellen Wardingley
"I lead the Sunday night meeting. I'll hope to see you."
Apr 19
Bob O. left a comment for Ellen Wardingley
"Hi Ellen I subscribe to the notion that the last third of our life will be the best if sober. Staying stopped is the work. For me I had to make a commitment to getting involved in my recovery. I started with participating in online meetings my first…"
Apr 19


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Blog Posts

Everyone around me drinks.

Posted by Mason Hicks on March 29, 2016 at 12:42pm 1 Comment

     I think one of my biggest problems at this time is that my family outside of my house all drink. The exceptions being my in-laws and my wife. My father is an admitted alcoholic who will not stop. My youngest sister still lives with him and…


Day 0

Posted by Sam on January 5, 2016 at 11:00am 1 Comment

i acted out last night and today in the morning again. When it comes to m.b.tion I have never been able to say NO. i dont even acknowledge that I do it. Like a drug addict, I am in deep denial about my sex desires and m.b.tion habbit. I always…


Back again 5 days sober

Posted by Dana Mackay on July 17, 2015 at 2:05pm 3 Comments

Sad too say I feel by the way side once again I feel so weak and so ashamed of myself,why do I keep putting myself through all this misery,when I know the outcome is going to be chaos·

I just can't take alcohol anymore and the fact I don't…



Posted by Freespirit on June 29, 2015 at 6:39pm 2 Comments

“I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday's gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That's why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift... for those who are willing to receive it.”



A quote

Posted by Freespirit on June 29, 2015 at 6:36pm 0 Comments

“Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn't end there.”
Bucky Sinister

Mid-year catch-up

Posted by MaryA on June 17, 2015 at 5:33am 0 Comments

Here in the southern hemisphere it is winter and  chilly, but good for  working from home. Catching up with posters on Ning and glad to see a few familiar faces.

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