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Susan Cheever

The Angry Atheist Who Made AA Great

By Susan Cheever

Jim B., often wrongly overlooked, fought Bill W. to a draw over the original wording of the 12 Steps. "God" got qualified and tolerance got added. Without this nonbeliever, AA would never have thrived. MORE  

Why Are DUIs Down When Addiction Is Up?

By Susan Cheever

Many efforts went into reducing drunk driving. This success may have something vital to teach us about controlling addiction. Someone should figure out what it is. MORE  

A Straight Answer to the Ultimate Question

By Susan Cheever

Bill Moyers and his family were onstage with me to discuss coming through the hell of addiction to the health and hope of recovery. Suddenly, a desperate cry for help came from the audience. MORE  

Bill W.'s Anonymous Children

By Susan Cheever

AA has now spawned some 50 other 12-step programs for different substances and behaviors. Would its famous founder embrace this bountiful brood or disown many of them? MORE  

The Case for Closing Liquor Stores

By Susan Cheever

Violent crime has intractable causes like poverty, drugs and guns. But one cause—the number of businesses selling booze in a neighborhood—could be directly controlled. Should it be? MORE  

The Kennedy Clan Combats Addiction

By Susan Cheever

When Christopher Kennedy Lawford and cousin Patrick Kennedy, two ex-addicts from America's most famous family, sit down to discuss Lawford's exhaustive new book about addiction, they aren't afraid to make it personal. MORE  

Are You an Invisible Alcoholic?

By Susan Cheever

High-functioning alcoholics are often hiding in plain sight—and they're often more dangerous than drop-dead drunks. MORE  

Secret Drinking, Media Blackout

By Susan Cheever

Booze is implicated in many more major news stories than the press ever acknowledges, from party politics to bloody mayhem. Why the silence? MORE  

Where Bill W. Came From

By Susan Cheever

Born behind the bar in his family's big red inn—117 years ago this week—Wilson's Vermont youth wasn't exactly bucolic. His encounters with early adversity show how the child was father to the man. MORE  

The Big Book's Case of Mistaken Identity

By Susan Cheever

The story of how one of AA's most famous slogans—"contempt before investigation"—took a long series of wrong turns to end up in the right place. MORE  

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