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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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