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It's Lonely at the Bottom

By Diannee Carden Glenn

It's easy to throw around terms like "tough love," "enabler," and "rock bottom." Living with those terms is another story. MORE  

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Parsing with Anonymity

By Jolene Jones

What can you learn through anonymity? MORE  

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An Audience with Gabor Maté

By Linda Stansberry

According to the rock star of addiction theory, every addict had a traumatic childhood whether they realize it or not. MORE  

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Normies React to the 12 Steps

By Juliet Abram

"I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn't help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance." MORE  

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The Continuing Adventures of Joe Sober—Freedom!

By Joe Sober

My name is Joseph and I am still more sober than you. MORE  

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PMS: A Natural Threat to Sobriety

By Kristen Rybandt

I remember slamming things around the kitchen one night and feeling like I’d lost my mind. I was angry about something so minor, I literally can’t remember what it was and I don’t know that I knew then either MORE  

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The Gift of Addiction and The Day I Didn’t Die

By Michael Ortiz Hill

Is addiction a disease or a healing visitation? MORE  

Does My Genetic Inheritance Guarantee Alcoholism?

By Bill Manville

A former drunk becomes an advice columnist and advises one of his readers on drinking, love, and genetic determinism. MORE  

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Saving My Teenage Junkie

By Meredith O'Brien

Haley doesn't understand her own mortality. She could be one careless combination of substances away from death. If she was home, I lived in a continuing state of fear. I realized she had to be in long term treatment, I couldn't allow her to destroy herself as well as the family. MORE  

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Clearing the Smoke in AA

By Harry Healy

Even during AA’s pioneering days, cigarette smoking was the source of internal controversy. Is there any room for cigs in the 12 steps? MORE  

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