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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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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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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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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.

Capo By The Sea
 
 
 
 

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu
 
 
 
 

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

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

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