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Rachael Brownell

Heartbreak in Recovery

By Rachael Brownell

When he left, he took my sobriety right along with him.  MORE  

My Daughter and Me

By Rachael Brownell

I drank alcoholically when my children were little. And now I worry they’ll grow up to be just like me. MORE  

How Many Vices Should You Quit at Once?

By Rachael Brownell

Addicts in recovery often try to give up smoking, sugar, caffeine and other bad habits at the same time. Is that too much of a good thing? MORE  

Sponsorship: The Great Unknown

By Rachael Brownell

There’s no training required to become a sponsor in AA—and that means people still getting their bearings can end up working with those who may not have any themselves. What's a newcomer to do?  MORE  

Sobriety: Better Than Prozac!

By Rachael Brownell

Experts suggest that people in recovery are happier than their non-alcoholic peers. MORE  

Getting High (Naturally)

By Rachael Brownell

We all know how to take a drink or pill to reach an ecstatic state. But you can also get high without spending a dime—or losing your sobriety. MORE  

Am I An Alcoholic Or Do I Just Like Drinking?

By Rachael Brownell

It can be difficult to determine if you really you have a drinking problem—especially when denial’s at work. Here are a few ways to answer what may be the most important question of your life. MORE  

A Handy Guide to 12-Step Lingo

By Rachael Brownell

The most commonly-used AA words and phrases can confuse even the most intrepid wordsmiths. Let us help clear things up. MORE  

Soberly Surviving Divorce

By Rachael Brownell

Now that you're sober, everything goes your way, right? Wrong. But that doesn't mean you can't be serene.  MORE  

Do You Need God to Stay Sober?

By Rachael Brownell

Must you believe in God if you want to stay sober? Rachael Brownell doesn't think so. MORE  

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