Philosophy and Ideas

LifeRing Canada’s Philosophies and Approach:

Individualized Recovery –  Problematic substance use and addiction is a deeply complex, personal and unique experience for each person it effects. Recovery is equally varied, with many assorted issues and obstacles for different people. For each person, the journey to recovery is changed and challenged by life circumstances, financial burdens, family crisis, personal beliefs, and other things that help or hinder.  Regardless, the most vital thing to keep in mind is that you are the expert within your own life and recovery. Some things will work, some things won’t. No matter what, you will learn to tell the difference and you will grow.

Personal Responsibility coming soon

Self-Empowerment coming soon

Sobriety LifeRing seeks to support people to attain sobriety. Evidence and research supports the idea that 100% abstinence is the most successful approach to recovery. At LifeRing we will meet you at whatever point you are in your life or recovery. Ultimately, LifeRing does not direct your personal recovery plan, nor does it enforce restrictions on its members.

Secularity Religious preferences are a private matter, which is why LifeRing focuses on strength-based and research-informed recovery methods. All meetings, publications and peer-support activities are non-religious. While Theology, your version of spirituality and prayer may be part of your personal process, it is not contained or discussed in LifeRing literature or meetings. LifeRing Canada is not anti-religious, but believes that addiction and recovery should be placed in the hands of the individual with an emphasis on personal accountability and empowerment

Peer Support The very essence of a LifeRing meeting is peer support. Through sharing and interacting with others, you gain affirmations of your own journey, share strategies and ideas that help on the road to recovery, and form lasting relationships with people that are going through some of the same issues. At a LifeRing meeting, the atmosphere is one of exploration, sharing and help. While not able to answer every question you have, a LifeRing meeting will give you an opportunity to at least speak about your issue to people who will listen with respect and compassion.

“Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. When people find affiliation with others they feel are ‘like’ them, they feel a connection. This connection, or affiliation, is a deep, holistic understanding based on mutual experience where people are able to ‘be’ with each other without the constraints of traditional (expert/patient) relationships.” (Mead, 2001).

Power To Change One of the foundational principles of LifeRing Canada is that each of us has the power to change our own lives. We are empowered, strengthened and supported by families, friends and peers, but ultimately the ability to recover from addiction remains within each of us. The primary goal of LifeRing is to help you, in many different ways, realize your own path to recovery. Think of a LifeRing meeting as a way to ask questions, get other people’s perspective, and in the end, have some of the information you need to make important choices in your recovery. Our meetings involve diverse approaches to sober living; each person decides what does and does not work. Making small, positive choices in every area of your life will keep your motivation alive and reward you with happiness and peace.

Biological, Psychological, Social and Cultural

Biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of addiction and recovery are considered within LifeRing’s philosophy. This “bio-psycho-social-cultural” model includes: physiology and genetics; behavior, beliefs and emotions; family, community and culture; and values, morality and ultimate beliefs. LifeRing views participants and their recovery holistically. People are encouraged to live full lives: (work, personal, school, hobbies etc.)

Face-to-face meetings is the foundation of our members’ success

Meetings are the foundation of LifeRing’s service delivery method, and are the core purpose of our organization – providing peer-to-peer connection and support. At a LifeRing meeting, all attendees can count on having a familiar and welcoming experience in small group format, and run by a trained peer-facilitator. At a LifeRing meeting we talk about the here and now to prepare for tomorrow. Our focus is on sharing weekly recovery successes and challenges that will help us plan to manage the week ahead. Discussions often include constructive questions, comments, and feedback from all participants. In any form, conversation provides a forum for open sharing with those who have similar day-to-day circumstances. Learning about techniques that are based on research and personal-practice makes LifeRing meetings a unique – and rewarding – recovery choice. Together, the people who belong to a LifeRing group gain strength and ideas to make positive choices. To find a meeting in your area go here.

Participation – Visit a LifeRing meeting

Since we think that recovery works best when support is personal, realistic, and available, We’ve made it easy to join into a LifeRing meeting – anyone is welcome to just show up at a meeting anytime. There are frequent times to meet and regardless of how often you attend, it is always free to participate in our confidential discussions. You can find a meeting by going here. If there are no LifeRing meetings in your community then you may want to consider being a LifeRing trailblazer. If you are interested in bringing LifeRing to your community, you can check out this resource here.

Connect to recover – anytime, anywhere.

With technology what it is today, you can keep conversation going or get some quick responses to your question through LifeRing’s online community. 24 hour access to LifeRing Canada chat rooms and online meetings are available here.