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35 Steps to Total Demoralization

By Dillon Murphy

How low will you go before you hit bottom? This list can help, or at least guide you, before it happens. MORE  

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Marriage Protection: What To Do If the Inlaws Are Alcoholic

By Hannah Jean Kahn

The challenges within the first year of marriage are tough enough—but can a young marriage overcome the shadow of an addicted sibling? This wife weighs in on how marital boundaries can save a marriage.  MORE  

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A Reason to Exist

By Zachary Siegel

All the religion and spirituality in AA couldn't fill the void in my life, but an understanding of existentialism did. MORE  

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Living Through This: Two Decades of Courtney Love Love

By Fiona Helmsley

Hole's seminal album was released 20 years ago this month and we're both still standing. MORE  

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Taming of the Shrewd

By Amy Dresner

People in 12-step communities refer to outsiders as "normies." I dated one. It didn't go so well, but I'm all the stronger for it. MORE  

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My AA Is Not a Cult

By Michael Anderton

It is facile, cruel and technically incorrect to use the word "cult" to describe any particular AA group; it also mirrors the dynamics that laid the ground for our 12 Traditions in the first place. MORE  

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Big Brother, Where Art Thou?

By Jared Mazzaschi

I barely made it out of my troubled adolescence and I had resources; how can I help an underprivileged teen with everything stacked against him? MORE  

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Service With a Smile

By Maddy Demberg

You have to give it away to keep it. MORE  

In Memorium

How I Forgave the Woman Who Helped My Son Die of an Overdose

By Diannee Carden Glenn

She introduced him to the drug that eventually killed him. It took a long time, but eventually I had to treat her the way my son would have wanted. MORE  

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The Worst Advice I’ve Ever Gotten In Recovery

By Jenny Chu

Take what you need and leave the rest; AA is full of suggestions that are asinine at best, harmful at worst. MORE  

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Did I Pick the Wrong Sponsor, Or Is it Me?

By Chaya Hurwitz

After four years of thinking about asking someone to sponsor me, someone finally asked to be my sponsor. But I'm not sure it was a good decision... for either of us. MORE  

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Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

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Proud to be Sober, Proud to be Catholic

I noticed a decided anti-Catholic bent at the AA meetings I was attending, but my sobriety has only benefited from my religious upbringing.

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Our Sober Living section features a library of articles on alcoholism, drug abuse and addiction recovery. Stay informed and get inspired by reading these articles, essays, and tips for a healthy life.