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Portlandia in a Church Basement

By John Gordon

When I moved to Oregon from New York, I had visions of cheap rent and radically open-minded recovery. Let's just say it didn't go according to plan. MORE  

Making Amends Was Everything I Least Expected

By Anna David

I thought I knew exactly how my Ninth Step in AA would unfold. Instead, over a decade later, I’m still trying to make sense of people's unpredictable reactions. MORE  

Improv and AA Are the Same Thing

By Sue Smith

Right after I got sober, I started my first comedy class. Since then, nearly everything I've learned in AA has been echoed by improv, and vice versa. MORE  

Morning Roundup: March 13, 2013

By Ben Feuerherd

Top Mexican drug cartel teams up with the FARC, Nancy Pelosi defends legal pot, and Snoop Lion wants to get high with Obama and Bill Clinton. MORE  

Why You Don’t Really Hate AA

By Anna David

I’ve seen too many people attack the program that saved my life—often in comments fields on The Fix. But their problem isn’t AA itself; it’s some of AA's members. MORE  

Sober Dancing With the Stars

By McCarton Ackerman

Ann Behringer went from being Tina Turner's back-up dancer and singer to being a leading addiction therapist. But she had to get sober first. MORE  

Not a Fan of the Lord’s Prayer

By Zan Eisley

Why I’m not comfortable asking “Our Father” to deliver us from evil. MORE  

Loving Your Home Group—Hard

By William Adams

People say you shouldn't date or sleep around in early sobriety. I did, and it was awesome. MORE  

When Friends Relapse

By Laura Barcella

It’s not easy to watch the people you’ve been sober with decide to leave. But I’ve learned to not make it any harder on myself. MORE  

Down and Out in Antarctica

By Hunter R. Slaton

On MLK Day, a sober alcoholic reflects on two very different experiences of doing service—one at the bottom of the world, and another in a church basement. MORE  

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