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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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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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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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