The LifeRing program employs elements that are vital to a successful recovery. Firstly LifeRing takes a stance of 100% abstinence when attending meetings, and does not subscribe to maintenance methods. LifeRing also allows individuals to connect with others in recovery. The weekly, intimate, in-person meetings foster a sense of connection and belonging between participants. This allows for everyone to become more open and honest, creating a safe place to share. In addition, LifeRing encourages each member to stay in the ‘Here and Now’ due to its approach of focusing on the past week and following week.
LifeRing may be the group for you if you have felt that other support groups place too much of an emphasis on religion or spirituality. LifeRing welcomes participants of any faith; however it is a core principal to keep any religious, spiritual and political affiliations outside of the meeting. This is conducive to creating the non-judgmental atmosphere found at LifeRing meetings.
No two people are the same, so why should their recovery plans be the same? LifeRing understands this, which is why you can create your own recovery plan that is tailor made to give you the best possible outcome. This encourages participants to take responsibility for their own recovery. Using helpful tools, such as the recovery workbook, aids in keeping participants motivated in their recovery, as well as find areas of focus. Members support each other’s personal recovery plans and the strategies that work best for them, as well as staying open to feedback
For participants who are new to the program and are feeling that they need extra support, LifeRing offers the PALS program (Peers Actively Lending Support) where a senior peer voluntarily takes a new member under their wing. This is not a sponsorship role and participants are not required to join the PALS program. However, it offers an opportunity for senior peers to give back to the group in a more personal way, as well as creating a stronger bond between members.