To attend a LifeRing meeting, all you need to do is to turn up!
LifeRing is a self-help group for people managing their addictions whatever they may be, including alcohol and illegal or prescription drugs. LifeRing was started in California ten years ago by a group of recovering addicts including Martin Nicolaus, author of ‘Empowering your Sober Self’ and the addiction recovery workbook ‘Recovery by Choice’.
LifeRing meetings were first established in Ireland in Dublin in 2009. There are currently meetings in Dublin, Dingle, Mullingar, Navan and Tralee.
What is LifeRing?
The LifeRing approach to addiction management is a new departure in self-help recovery. Thoroughly grounded in proven therapeutic approaches such as CBT and Reality Therapy, among others, LifeRing has also evolved out of the experiences of former addicts themselves. At the heart of LifeRing is the addicted person. We take charge of our own recovery in a mutually supportive and positive way. We accept that recovery is a matter of personal choice and responsibility. The group meeting is our main focus where we come together to share our experiences, to support and learn from each other on our individual journeys.
The cornerstones of LifeRing are the ‘three Ss’: Sobriety (meaning abstinence), Secularity (meaning religion is not involved) and Self-help.
What’s on this website?
This website gives information about LifeRing meetings in Ireland. It also links to information about online recovery chatrooms/meetings and to the LifeRing Inc. website in California. Our ‘About Lifering’ page explains the history and philosophy of the LifeRing approach to addiction recovery and we recommend you read it for a fuller understanding of how we do what we do.
We also have a section on becoming a LifeRing convenor and a page describing how the meetings work. There is also a link to Alcohol Action Ireland’s Service Finder which lists services across the country. There is a link to the Citizens.ie addictions information page and to the thought-provoking ‘New Recovery’ blog.