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The Dry Drunk

By John Dee

Being a drunk was bad, but quitting on my own was even worse. I lasted two years as a dry drunk before finding AA, not a moment too soon. MORE  

Bill W. Could Get His Own Postage Stamp

By Mei Schultz

Groups petition the USPS to put the co-founder's face on a postage stamp in honor of AA's 80th anniversary in 2015. MORE  

Is the Big Book Shrinking?

By Meg Williams

The Big Book remains the place to find AA's program of recovery. But thanks to competing publishers and free apps, literature revenues are falling. Is there anything World Services can do? MORE  

An Addict's Dilemma: AA or NA?

By Zachary Siegel

My five years as a junkie was a mass of contradictions. Today, over a year clean, life can still be that way.  MORE  

Bill W. and Dr. Bob Opens Tonight in NYC

By Hunter R. Slaton

The cast and crew tell The Fix why this production of the story of AA's founding is unique. MORE  

Exaggerating the Risk of Drugs Harms Us All

By Maia Szalavitz

Doing drugs can be plenty harmful. The same goes for other activities, from big wave surfing to heli-skiing. But our tendency to overestimate the risks of drugs hampers our ability to tackle addiction. MORE  

Down and Out in the Rooms

By Jimmy Long

"No matter how far down the scale we have gone." I was homeless when I came to AA and the experience helped other homeless men to get sober. MORE  

Where to Draw the Line When Helping Newcomers in AA

By Sue Smith

We want to give back. But service can veer into unhealthy—or downright dangerous—territory. How far is too far? Here's how some of us have handled sticky situations. MORE  

Carrie Fisher Nods to Addiction at Daytime Emmys

By May Wilkerson

The Star Wars actress recalls her druggy past while presenting an award to her former director. MORE  

AA's Culture Clash: NYC vs. LA

By Blake Nelson

Having come into the rooms in New York, LA meetings first struck me as a jarring mixture of birthday cakes, random venues and star vehicles. It took a while to stop worrying and learn to drink the Kool-Aid. MORE  

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