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Laura Barcella

No Drugs, No Drink, No Problem—Straight Edge Then and Now

By Laura Barcella

The 80's hardcore scene devoted to clean living is alive and well. And loud. MORE  

Five Crucial Truths About Love Addiction. Seriously.

By Laura Barcella

Love addiction sounds like the quieter, less raunchy cousin of sex addiction. For many of us it is emotionally and psychologically damaging beyond measure. MORE  

Court-Forced into 12-Step

By Laura Barcella

The long-term practice of courts sentencing offenders to attend AA and NA meetings is increasing, and the effects on both the fellowships and the sentenced has wide-ranging consequences. The Fix investigates. MORE  

Can Adoption Create Addicts?

By Laura Barcella

Adoptees in recovery tell The Fix that early experiences of abandonment or feeling "different" can have a major impact on developing addictions. Many experts agree. MORE  

Secret “Sober” Pot Smokers

By Laura Barcella

Can you be sober in AA and still smoke pot? Some members believe it's possible, but are they getting away with it? MORE  

When Friends Relapse

By Laura Barcella

It’s not easy to watch the people you’ve been sober with decide to leave. But I’ve learned to not make it any harder on myself. MORE  

I Want Candy

By Laura Barcella

Experts say that sugar affects brain chemistry and contributes to cancer, alcoholism and depression. It was also my first addiction—and it's still hanging on tight. MORE  

The Buddy System

By Laura Barcella

Just because you’re sober and in a program doesn’t mean that all your interactions will be easy. Welcome to the sober friendship. MORE  

Am I Missing Out?

By Laura Barcella

As sober addicts and alcoholics, we often convince ourselves that we’re missing out when we’re not. Luckily, there are ways to combat that. MORE  

Are You Powerless Over Social Networking?

By Laura Barcella

Titter all you want over Twitter addiction. The fact is, not being able to put the keyboard down is a growing concern—especially for sober addicts in search of a high.  MORE  

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Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea
 
 
 
 

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu
 
 
 
 

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

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What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

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