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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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Living Without Denial

By Thérèse McHale

While addicted, I slipped into an uncut, deluded sense of reality that kept me sick for a long time. MORE  

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Smoking for the Hell of It

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon

My Dad quit smoking, I quit smoking, but then my teenage son came home with smoke on his breath and rekindled my love affair with smokes. MORE  

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Cobain, Unforgotten

By Jaime Neptune

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago this week—just before the internet became a part of our daily lives. Yet here I am, still clacking away my grief online. MORE  

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My Shamanic Recovery

By Kristen McGuiness

Lidia came into my life while I was struggling to stay sober and worked her magic. Though her methods may be unconventional, she's kept me sane and sober. MORE  

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An Addict By Any Other Name

By Vicki Abelson

You can't turn a pickle into a cucumber. I've always been an addict. This is how I stay sober. MORE  

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Don't Drink No Matter What

By Christopher Tepedino

The Fix interviews a courageous soul who took his first drink at age seven, and maintains his 20 plus years of sobriety today, despite battling leukemia. MORE  

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Are Women Safe in AA?

By Amy Dresner

One of the dangers of AA is its open door policy. But is rape really a bigger threat in the rooms than it is anywhere else? MORE  

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Online Dating in Sobriety

By Neville Elder

I used to rely heavily on alcohol to start, maintain and end relationships with women. Dating online sober has been a shaky experience, to say the least. MORE  

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Benzo Withdrawal: A Scattered and Anxious Account

By Sophie Saint Thomas

After a few terrifying experiences, I recognized that benzos were no longer treating my anxiety but had instead become an unhealthy habit. MORE  

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Shoot to Thrill

By Samuel Browning

I’ve been a gun enthusiast my whole life, drunk and sober. But sober, I’ve come to appreciate the power and responsibility that much more. 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.