Welcome to LifeRing – your self-help support group to help overcome addiction.
LifeRing is a peer support organisation originating in the USA as a modern, evidence-based approach to help people overcome addictions, whether these involve alcohol and other addictive drugs, or behavioural issues.
LifeRing meetings have been active in Ireland since 2009, and provide a friendly, supportive environment to connect with other people in recovery. The format is informal, and everyone is offered the opportunity to participate – sharing solutions and testing ideas, with the option of getting feedback and suggestions from the group. Everyone gets to decide on their own level of engagement, and members find over time that the interactive sharing and participation forms a powerful underpinning to stabilise and build their own recovery.
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The LifeRing Approach
The overall approach is outlined in three books published by LifeRing press. These are “Empower Your Sober Self”, the addiction recovery workbook “Recovery by Choice”, and “Humanly Possible”, which chronicles stories of successful recovery. The titles tell a lot about the approach, which is centred around the individual making the choice to take charge of their own recovery.
LifeRing Meetings – What to Expect
LifeRing is run entirely by volunteers, who are themselves in recovery from addiction. There are no professionals in attendance – just a friendly, open group, who can identify and empathise with each person’s circumstances.
At LifeRing we keep a forward focus, and do not dwell on past addictive use or behaviour. Instead, the focus is on building a stable recovery, based on a combination of evidence-based techniques and supports that best suit the individual. Most of us find that regular meetings play a vital role, by breaking the isolation caused by addiction, and giving a context for our progress.
The main focus of LifeRing meetings is to process the everyday decisions that we are making in our sober lives, usually within the timeframe of the past week and the week ahead. In broad terms, this could sound like “Here are the issues I confronted last week; here is what I did and am doing to solve them in a clean and sober manner. Here is what I will be facing next week; here is what I intend to do in order to continue on my chosen path”.
A convenor will open the meeting by outlining some simple guidelines, and then invite each person to participate and contribute if they wish to. Meetings are attended by people at all stages of recovery, from early days to many years clean and sober. Sharing experiences, breaking down old thought patterns, and testing new plans among people who have “been there” is one of the most powerful forms of support and self-help.
Voluntary donations are invited to cover the costs of running meetings, and the LifeRing Books are available to purchase.
For a listing of current locations, see our Meetings page.