An article I wrote late last year about the LifeRing recovery group has now been published in the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, Vol. 7, 2012. This is a special double issue on the theme “Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual Support Groups: Bringing Theory and Science to Contemporary Trends.”
This is the abstract:
Addicted persons are torn between the urge to consume addictive substances and the drive to break with the substances and get free of them. The LifeRing approach anchors itself in the addicted person’s drive to get free of the substances and works to empower that urge and to enthrone it permanently in the addicted person’s character. Positive peer support focusing on small decisions made in everyday life is the primary psychodynamic engine for recovery in the LifeRing context. Working through nine principal domains, each participant constructs a personal recovery program founded on complete abstinence from all drugs of addiction.
A PDF copy of the piece can be viewed for nonprofit educational purposes (not for commercial republication) here.