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Melissa Petro

The 50-Day Boytox

By Melissa Petro

When I hit crisis point as a sober sex addict, I had to detox from all the men in my life and work on my sex inventory. It was hard, but it was worth it. MORE  

My Imperfect Sobriety

By Melissa Petro

I didn’t follow all the rules when I was new to program and I still don’t. Part of me knows that’s exactly how it should be.  MORE  

Sober Jobs

By Melissa Petro

If you bottomed out and lost everything—or if you desperately need a shift in environment—the working world may prove to be a challenge. Say hello to your inner barista. MORE  

Writing My Way to Sobriety

By Melissa Petro

Before AA, I couldn’t be honest in my writing. Who knew that a memoir writing class would help me get sober? MORE  

Sober Sex: It's More Fun Than It Sounds

By Melissa Petro

When I was using, I never turned down an opportunity to hook up, usually with harrowing results. Then I pulled myself together and said yes to the right guy. MORE  

A Teacher's Addiction Triggers a National Scandal

By Melissa Petro

When the media discovered her past as a sex worker, Melissa Petro lost her beloved teaching job, triggering a national firestorm. A year later, she wonders if her downfall was the result of her long-time addiction.  MORE  

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