Welcome to LifeRing Secular Recovery – San Francisco/Bay Area
There comes a time when you know inside that you need to stop. Staying clean and sober is easier when you meet with other people for support. In LifeRing there are no steps other than the ones you take to our doors, and you aren’t asked to have faith or to believe in any power other than your own. In LifeRing San Francisco you can design your own sober future. Join us!
LifeRing participants build personal recovery programs that are designed for their individual needs. LifeRing meetings are friendly, confidential, non-judgmental gatherings. Our approach is relaxed, practical, and positive. One member of the group acts as a “convenor” to facilitate the meeting. Convenors are ordinary people with at least six months clean and sober. Most meetings begin with the words “How Was Your Week?” We talk about what has been happening in our lives in the past week, sharing personal plans and tools, and working toward the sober week to come. The atmosphere is informal, supportive and conversational. You aren’t required to talk if you choose not to: simply say “I’d like to just listen today.” Read More about LifeRing at national LifeRing website: LifeRing.org
“Sobriety” can mean different things in dictionaries, but in LifeRing it always means abstinence. The basic membership requirement is a desire to remain abstinent from alcohol and “drugs.” LifeRing welcomes people regardless of their “drug of choice.” Please look elsewhere for support if your intention is to keep drinking or using, but not so much, or to stop drinking but continue using, or stop using but continue drinking. The successful LifeRing participant practices the Sobriety Priority, meaning that nothing is allowed to interfere with staying abstinent from alcohol and “drugs.” The motto is “we do not drink or use, no matter what.”.
LifeRing Recovery welcomes people of all faiths and none. You get to keep whatever religious beliefs you have, and you are under no pressure to acquire any if you don’t. Participants’ spiritual or religious beliefs or lack thereof remain private. Neither religion nor anti-religion normally come up in meeting discussion. Participants are free to attend both LifeRing and Twelve-Step meetings, but LifeRing supports recovery methods that rely on human efforts rather than on divine intervention.
Self-help in LifeRing means that the key to recovery is the individual’s own motivation and effort. The main purpose of the group process is to reinforce the individual’s own inner strivings to stay clean and sober. LifeRing is a permanent workshop where individuals can build their own Personal Recovery Plans. LifeRing does not prescribe any particular “steps” other than abstinence and is not a vehicle for any particular therapeutic doctrine. LifeRing participation is compatible with a wide variety of abstinence-based therapeutic or counseling programs.