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'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 commented on Kellam Scott's blog post Getting to the Root of My Substance Abuse
"Kellam, it's very courageous to first, come to terms with your real self, then sharing what your real self is with others and how you "align yourself" externally with that internal self."
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Byron Kerr left a comment for johnny
"Welcome johnny! LifeRing has a small but thriving f2f presence at the top of the "mitt" in Michigan. We have nothing yet in the Detroit area. Until we start something f2f near Detroit, there are lots of online options. Please take a look…"
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Kellam Scott commented on Kellam Scott's blog post Getting to the Root of My Substance Abuse
"I thought about making a new post on this subject but this one is part of the story I have to share. I thought that my lack of sexuality was my root problem as they say. But coming to terms with it only made me more comfortable in who I am and led…"
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Christine is now a member of LifeRing
Todd Nease replied to Kellam Scott's discussion Hard vs. Soft Don't Matter in the group recovery from marijuana addiction
"If I could have all the pot I wanted, I would never drink, or over eat, or see day light for that matter.  LOL.  I first got clean when I was 20 for pot use.  I tried all the hard stuff, but pot was always the thing for me.  And…"
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recovery from marijuana addiction

perhaps it's inconsequential which particular substance is our issue. but in any case, if there are any recovering potheads out there who would like to be connected, here is a group for that.
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Plain old Steve left a comment for Todd Nease
"Welcome here; there's Lifering meetings in your nearby area, as well as the East Bay and Sacto!"
Mar 20


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Posted by Liz on March 11, 2015 at 12:54am 2 Comments

Hi Just checking in.

I am 2 years sober TODAY!!

I feel so happy and grateful.

Keep going everyone because stopping drinking WILL change your life for the better!


Posted by Raven on January 31, 2015 at 6:16pm 3 Comments

First I find out that I have been misdiagnosed for the past 15 years as bipolar and taking a huge cocktail of psychiatric meds everyday only to find out that I have Borderline Personalty Disorder, which requires NO MEDICATIONS. So, now they have…


Secular recovery stories wanted

Posted by Plain old Steve on January 29, 2015 at 10:44am 0 Comments

Lifering is actively accepting submissions for Stories of Secular Recovery, a volume LifeRing Press…


The slip that "Nipped it in the bud"

Posted by Raven on January 23, 2015 at 12:59am 1 Comment

 I decided to clean up and get my ass in gear, last Monday and went to a meeting. Yesterday I met with my ex boyfriend and had one glass of beer and bite to eat and then left for home. 

But what happened today is that I ended up at the…


Reality Check

Posted by Raven on January 20, 2015 at 10:07am 0 Comments

I had so much to drink to last Tuesday that I threw up but that didn't stop me from drinking Thursday and Saturday. I broke up with my long term boyfriend, the only person I drink with, on Saturday night. Then since I was feeling so shitty…


Another year sober and going strong

Posted by MaryA on January 20, 2015 at 6:56am 0 Comments

Just popping in again at the beginning of the year -- my eighth year sober this will be on 17 March.

If you're just starting out, please hang in there. It gets easier and there's plenty of support.

Happy 2015 to everyone.

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