LifeRing Secular Recovery offers hope to people around the world recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Founded in 1999, LifeRing was designed for people who want to join an addiction support group but feel uncomfortable with the spiritual undertones of traditional 12-step programs.
Most meetings begin with the question, “How was your week?” Based on the response, each session can take a different direction as people explore their challenges and come up with a game plan for handling the daily obstacles they face.
Each LifeRing group is based on the “3-S” recovery philosophy, which is made up of three main principles:
- Sobriety: Members of LifeRing commit to complete abstinence from both drugs and alcohol.
- Secularity: LifeRing was founded to accommodate people of all religions — including those with no religious beliefs. Unlike groups such as AA — which discusses spirituality and sobriety through a higher power — LifeRing members are encouraged to refrain from bringing up religion in meetings.
- Self-help: Rather than depending on a higher being, the group focuses on staying sober through one’s own efforts. Self-help means you alone are responsible for your attempts, learning and motivation in recovery. LifeRing will encourage you to develop your ideal plan of continual self-improvement.