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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  

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  

First 90 Days

The $75-an-Hour Sponsor

By Lou Stein

When I was newly sober, a shrink gave me his business card at a meeting. And taught me how not to work the AA program. MORE  

No Hugs!

Steps Not Hugs!

By Maddy Demberg

Working the actual program of AA is far more effective than the touchy-feely hugging-it-out program I worked for years. MORE  

Health

Drinking Through Cancer Treatment

By Erika Masterson

It wasn't until I completed treatment for breast cancer that I finally realized I had a problem with alcohol. MORE  

Sport

Methadone to Marathons

By Jaime Neptune

I was a chain-smoking junkie, then clean but chubby. Then I found marathon running—another addictive high altogether. MORE  

Options

Addicted to Suboxone

By Dillon Murphy

This is how the solution becomes the problem: I first took suboxone to withdraw from heroin. Now I'm hooked on it. MORE  

Business

Whither the Grapevine?

By Meg Williams

The rise of digital media has presented the print publishing industry with daunting challenges. AA’s Grapevine is by no means immune. MORE  

Joining

Sober Summer Shares

By Katherine Cooke

I stopped being polite and starting getting real—by playing beach blanket bingo in Montauk. MORE  

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