Starting a LifeRing Meeting

Generally, anyone in recovery from substance addiction, who is familiar with the LifeRing philosophy and has at least six months’ continuous sobriety can be a LifeRing convenor. People may, however, become convenors earlier. Occasionally, treatment professionals with no personal recovery history start meetings, but the aim is to transition meeting convenorship to a person in recovery as soon as possible.

Start a Face-to-Face Meeting

    • Review our How Was Your Week book. It offers an excellent overview of both the LifeRing organization and the role of the convenor. There’s also a free PDF version available of an older edition here.
    • Click here for an overview of a typical Face-to-Face LifeRing meeting.
    • Find a meeting location in your local community and select a day and time for your weekly meetings.
    • Please submit your meeting information on this form:  Meeting Information Form.  
      • We need this meeting information to list your meeting on the meeting page of the website and to send you a meeting charter.
      • The convenor contact information is needed to give us a clear picture of who you are and for Service Center communications via email.
      • To protect your privacy, you might want to consider setting up a new email address that is dedicated to your LifeRing communication needs. Most people use the LifeRing name and their city name together in the email address. You can use any email provider you'd want, like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc...
    • To request a Starter Kit for your meeting click here.
    • Convenor support can be found here including instructions on how to join the LifeRing Convenors’ Email Group.
    • Get the newsletter, blog posts, and general LifeRing announcements by email, please click here.
    • Invite your friends in recovery and other local peers to attend the meeting … that’s it!

Start an Online Meeting

  • Review our How Was Your Week book. It offers an excellent overview of both the LifeRing organization and the role of the convenor. There’s also a free PDF version available of an older edition here.
  • Find a day and time for your new meeting. Look here at the existing meetings, Online Meeting Schedule, for available time slots.
  • Email the LifeRing Service Center at service@lifering.org to introduce yourself and receive some useful information for starting an online meeting.
  • To request a specially priced Starter Kit for your meeting. Please see this link. …
  • Additional Convenor support can be found here.  
  • Additional meeting resources can be found here.
  • Join the LifeRing Convenors’ Email Group. A great place to ask questions and to learn best practices from our international convenor community. All list communication is confidential to members only. To subscribe is a two-step process: 
  • Get the newsletter, blog posts, and general LifeRing announcements by email, please click here.
  • Invite your friends in recovery and post your meeting information on the Online Meeting Schedule for additional participation. 

Other relevant LifeRing documents you might need for starting a Face-to-Face LifeRing meeting:

 

 For any questions, email the LifeRing Service Center at service@lifering.org