The free secular abstinence LifeRing program is strength based and works by providing positive reinforcement of qualities that people already possess. The process is called “Empowering Your Sober Self.”

The confidential meetings are available on the internet and in-person. In most of the latter, people sit in an informal circle. After opening the meeting, the facilitator asks people about their week. People then take turns talking about their recovery during the past week and what lies ahead next week. People comment and discuss in a relaxed atmosphere similar to sober friends in a living room.

The only requirement for participation is a desire to be clean and sober and people are not expected to label themselves as alcoholics or addicts.

Participants are asked not to criticize other treatment approaches, give extended stories about their drinking or drugging past, give unsolicited advice, or discuss religion or politics.
Meetings typically end with a mutual round of applause for staying clean and sober. Most courts and treatment programs consider and credit LifeRing attendance as equivalent to attendance at other support groups.

LifeRing also offers a wide choice of online support options, including a social network, chat rooms, a forum, and email listservs. Study meetings at which people work the Recovery by Choice workbook together are also available in some locations.

To learn more visit SLR.

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  • Nicolaus, Martin. Empowering Your Sober Self: The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
  • Nicolaus, Martin. How Was Your Week?: Bringing People Together in Recovery the LifeRing Way: A Handbook. Oakland, CA: LifeRing Press, 2003.
  • Nicolaus, Martin. Presenting LifeRing Secular Recovery: A Selection of Readings for Treatment Professionals and Others Interested in an Abstinence Alternative to Twelve-Step Support Groups. Oakland, CA: LifeRing Press, 2002.
  • A Handbook of Secular Recovery: A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of LifeRing Secular Recovery (LSR). Oakland, CA: LifeRing Press, 2000.

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