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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  

Interwebs

Blogging Myself Sober

By Jenny Oliver

AA didn't work for me. Instead, I found that expressing myself through a blog, and interacting with other bloggers, could keep me sober. MORE  

Cults

Invasion of the Big Book Body Snatchers

By Brian Maclaine

After 14 years sober I relapsed, then came back to an AA I barely recognized, full of bright young things quoting the Big Book.  MORE  

Food

From Raped Child to Recovering Food Addict

By Maddy Demberg

After I was raped at the age of 11, food became my enemy and my master. Part of my recovery has been to engage with food in a sober way. MORE  

Consequences

The Decision to Have an Abortion in Sobriety

By Charlotte Grey

The consequences of compulsive behavior after sobering up—in my case, sex—can feel worse than when you're drinking. They also bring back that urge to check out. MORE  

Kids

A Place for Potential Alcoholics?

By Hannah H. Hollister

AA's founders foresaw younger people coming to the rooms when they wrote about "potential alcoholics" in the First Step. So why do I still feel uncomfortable? MORE  

Issues

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  

The Fix Interview

Ester Nicholson Talks "Soul Recovered"

By McCarton Ackerman

After her first decade of sobriety, Ester Nicholson found the 12 Steps had taken her as far as they could. Then she found a way to take those teachings even further. MORE  

Adversity

Down and Out in the Rooms

By Jimmy Long

"No matter how far down the scale we have gone." I was homeless when I came to AA and the experience helped other homeless men to get sober. MORE  

First Person

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  

Alanon

Lois Wilson, My Hero

By Malina Saval

Al-Anon's founder—the wife of Bill Wilson—transcends a made-for-TV movie I saw recently. She helped to transform my family for the better. MORE  

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