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Mary Beth O'Connor

Board Member and Speaker's Bureau Chair

LifeRing Secular Recovery


LifeRing Recovery

LifeRing believes the right recovery pathway is the one that's right for you. And that everyone can achieve and maintain long-term sobriety by empowering her sober self.

Mary Beth briefly will review her substance use disorder history and how she built the individualized recovery plan that anchors her 29 years of sobriety. She will elaborate on LifeRing's 3-S philosophy (sobriety, secularity, and self-empowerment) and core ideas such as the addict self versus the sober self, building a personal recovery plan, and support for multiple recovery pathways.

Mary Beth will describe LifeRing's four books and do an exercise from the workbook with audience participation. She then will review LifeRing's meeting format and include audience input when providing examples of common meeting topics.

Mary Beth O'Connor


Mary Beth resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was first elected to the Board of LifeRing Secular Recovery in 2017. Mary Beth leads the LifeRing Speakers Bureau and convenes a monthly meeting to explain LifeRing to friends and family. Mary Beth speaks regularly about her personal story, LifeRing, and multiple paths to recovery. You can listen to some of her interviews on her website, Her essay "I Beat Addiction without God" appeared in the Wall Street Journal in August 2020. Her memoir, "From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction," is available on Amazon and all the usual sites.

LifeRing Secular Recovery and Building a Personal Recovery Plan

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