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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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An Atheist Like You, Bill? You'll Never Get Sober!

By Bill Manville

Note to my fellow AA non-believers: If you think this piece is going to end with a religious conversion experience, read on; you’re wrong. MORE  

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Five Crucial Truths About Love Addiction. Seriously.

By Laura Barcella

Love addiction sounds like the quieter, less raunchy cousin of sex addiction. For many of us it is emotionally and psychologically damaging beyond measure. MORE  

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The Introvert’s Guide to Non-Compulsive Drinking

By Aaron Kuchta

If you like drinking a little too much, and don't like talking about your feelings in a self-help group, this is the guide for you. MORE  

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Clean and Serene Sex Work

By Veronica Monet

Prostitution and sobriety are not mutually exclusive. MORE  

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A Principle Got Between Our Personalities

By Vicki Abelson

I lost a friend, and sponsor, to what I thought was "best for the fellowship."  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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