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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  

Addictive Relationship Recovery: A Journey of Acceptance

By Julie Louise

Growing up, my parents set up impossible expectations and were prone to unpredictable outbursts. I didn't just become used to it, I began to get a high from emotional roller coasters—and I found it in relationships with addicts. MORE  

A Tale of Two Weddings

By Malina Saval

Attending a Ukrainian wedding with my now-sober husband was a sedate affair—and we loved every minute of it. 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  

Lois Wilson, My Hero

By Malina Saval

Al-Anon's founder—the wife of Bill Wilson—transcends a made-for-TV movie I saw recently. She helped to transform my family for the better. MORE  

Happy Tax Day! Welcome to Debtors Anonymous

By Eliza Jackman

DA offers a spiritual solution to credit card debt, bankruptcy and a host of money problems. One woman recounts her financial ruin and subsequent navigation of the program. MORE  

The Family Disease of Denial

By Malina Saval

Nobody thought my grandfather was an alcoholic even though he drank constantly—a perfect cue for me to recreate the dynamic in my own life. MORE  

Mom Drank Too Much

By Samantha Dunn

I always knew alcoholism would kill my mother. But that hasn't stopped me from trying to understand why.  MORE  

The Other Programs

By Taylor Ellsworth

I avoid Alanon and OA despite knowing I could benefit from them. Apparently I'm waiting to get uncomfortable enough that I'm willing to do something about it. MORE  

Why I Need Two Programs

By Dufflyn Lammers

I got sober but still had problems with everyone in my life. As it turns out, people were my first—and last—drug.  MORE  

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