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Bingers vs. Habituals: Spin the Bottle

By Paul Staley

The binger knows that alcohol gets you loaded and they make sure that happens. The habitual on the other hand sees alcohol as the solution to problems for which there are a host of other remedies. MORE  

The 12 Steps in Reverse

By Juliet Abram

What if I told you... You are smarter than addiction? MORE  

8 Takeaway Lessons From Quitting Drinking

By Aaron Kuchta

I've just managed to quit drinking without a program, and even learned a few things in the process. MORE  

A Moderate Proposal on Moderation

By Amy Dresner

Finally making a year sober AGAIN after 20 years of relapsing, I wake up to an article telling me I didn't need to be abstinent after all.  Not so helpful.  A rebuttal from somebody who's been abstinent with and without AA.   MORE  

The Role of Spirituality within the 12 Steps

By Luke Dale-Harris

In an age of scientific empiricism, can a quasi-religious organization be the number one go-to option for people suffering the medically diagnosable disease of alcoholism?  MORE  

Saying Goodbye to My Inmate Husband

By Jaime Neptune

We met in detox and went to NA together for years. Then he relapsed and got locked up. Again. MORE  

AA Cults I Have Known

By Benjamin Aldo

Alcoholics Anonymous has long been vulnerable to a creeping fundamentalism with cult-like tendencies. One longtime member recounts his brushes with some pernicious corruptions of the fellowship.  MORE  

AA vs. NA—What's the Difference?

By Jaime Neptune

How Narcotics Anonymous scratches the itch that AA never quite reached MORE  

Blogging Myself Sober

By Jenny Oliver

AA didn't work for me. Instead, I found that expressing myself through a blog, and interacting with other bloggers, could keep me sober. MORE  

Secret “Sober” Pot Smokers

By Laura Barcella

Can you be sober in AA and still smoke pot? Some members believe it's possible, but are they getting away with it? MORE  

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Morning Roundup: Sept. 22, 2014

Marijuana pizza sauce now available in L.A., drunk driver pulls up to cops to say hello, and drunk airline passenger arrested for stealing booze.

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Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teens In Decline

The annual SAMHSA survey found that rates of use for most substances have dropped significantly, though most Americans are still not getting treatment.

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Proposed British Alcohol Tax To Help Fund Treatment Programs

The Centre for Social Justice has proposed a two-pence tax on alcohol in order to pay for addiction treatment.

9/19/14 5:30pm
Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks Millions for Addiction Treatment

Even if passed, the $80 million legislation is almost assured to be doomed by the Republican-led House.

9/19/14 3:30pm
South Carolina Man Illegally Operated Rehabs In Three States

Clayton Alfred White declared himself to be a professional drug counselor despite having no license or even training.

9/19/14 1:00pm

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Sober Living
An Audience with Gabor Maté

According to the rock star of addiction theory, every addict had a traumatic childhood whether they realize it or not.

The Rehab Review
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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