What is LifeRing?
LifeRing alcohol and drug support groups provide access for women and men to community-based mutual self-help support groups for those who self-identify with problematic substance use.
We support people in all stages of recovery and emphasize personal responsibility; individualized recovery plans; self-empowerment; peer-support and we adhere to principles and practices founded on evolving research. In addition, LifeRing builds relationships with healthcare professionals, educators and community partners. Trained facilitators personally impacted by addiction and recovery voluntarily run LifeRing groups. We offer face-to-face and online meetings as well as online chat rooms for support.
When substance use becomes problematic and damages your well-being and wreaks havoc on the lives of those around you, having a support group to reconnect you with healthy ways to finding a fulfilling life is beneficial to a successful recovery. It may be your first time attending any type of support group; you may be looking for something different; or LifeRing could be part of your Aftercare Treatment Plan. For many, LifeRing is that link and we meet you exactly where you are in your life.
In our meetings there is a diversity of approaches to sober living; it is up to each person to decide what does and does not work for them. The main purpose of the group is to create the right environment to reinforce each other’s choices to stay clean and sober. LifeRing is an ongoing “workshop” where individuals build their own recovery plan.
Who is LifeRing?
It takes the efforts of members, organizers, volunteers and partners to make LifeRing a valuable community resource.
Board Members are people who are interested in using their specific knowledge or expertise to help LifeRing succeed. They generously volunteer their time to oversee important areas of accounting and administration, mental health matters, substance abuse and addictions issues, social services resources, volunteer management, public relations and social media needs, and other projects and roles as needed. The LifeRing board consists of 8 qualified community members from various backgrounds and fields.
Meeting Convenors The growth of LifeRing depends on individuals called Convenors who undergo training and guidance before starting or taking over a meeting of their own. These facilitators often have a deep personal history of recovery, or have worked with addictions and recovery issues for many years. Each facilitator runs the meeting, keeping the atmosphere safe and helpful, while allowing the group to talk about and direct their own discussions. Each Facilitator either takes over an already existing meeting, or start their own meeting in a new area. A Convenor is not there to tell the group what to talk about or discuss, but keeps the meetings going, opens and closes, provides literature, answers questions, and most importantly, keeps the groups safe and beneficial for all the members.
Members and meeting participants include every person who seeks sobriety, and sometimes those who who have been affected by substance misuse and addiction as a family member or friend. We make no distinctions of people based on “drug of choice”, other memberships, recovery philosophies or religious beliefs – in fact, we’re a secular organization and do not affiliate with or observe any faith. All LifeRing members are those with an open mind, a desire and plan to live addiction-free, and the willingness to provide and receive mutual, constructive support.
Volunteers are people who give their time to help LifeRing with a variety of services or tasks. Their roles and commitment vary from: organizing events; meeting transportation; public outreach; marketing and social media; developing new programs or sourcing funds; supporting administration, training or policy needs; and more. We welcome the help of interested, experienced individuals, practicum students, and people personally who are ready to give back as part of their own recovery.
Partners are typically other professional organizations and peer groups within our communities that help us provide support. While we have no official affiliations, we do maintain relationships with as many resources as possible to give members a way to find professional answers and services that further their recovery.
Where is LifeRing?
Our home base is located in Victoria, BC, and our network continues to expand with new groups forming across British Columbia and other provinces.
How does LifeRing help?
We take the perspective that recovery from problematic substance use and addiction requires willingness and work by the individual, and we respect everyone who makes this effort. The process is not always easy, which is why we structure our programs and meetings on making those connections comfortably for any stage of recovery. Members have the freedom to design their recovery plan in any way that suits their personality, culture, gender, lifestyle, and history – removing as many roadblocks as possible.