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My One Step Program

By Nick Dothée

When you start to realize that the life you’re living looks vastly different than the clear picture you’ve been painting since age six, the drinking is no longer fun, but rather necessary for survival, and then finally, just plain sad. MORE  

Maté's Trauma Cause Causes Trauma

By Kevin Gallagher

Gabor Maté's Trauma Theory feels good, but how "good" is it? MORE  

He for She in AA

By Juliet Abram

The worst excuse for the Big Book is that it can't be sexist because it's an old book. This implies that the reader is too incompetent to realize the book is old and instead ignores how gender equality contributes to drinking problems. MORE  

"In Recovery" vs. "Recovered"

By Adam Sledd

One person I had this discussion with said that she could recover from a bullet wound, but that would not mean she was bullet proof. My answer is that she never was bullet proof. MORE  

Jump Around

By Mary Killian

As he shut the door, I smelled the faint whiff of cooked cocaine. I knew it, I thought to myself. It felt like I'd just won a prize. MORE  

Loving My Brother from a Distance

By Dawn Clancy

I was asked whether or not I wanted his number and without pause, I answered with a very firm, “No.” I felt guilty for a few days after for turning down the opportunity to hear his voice but eventually I came to respect the fact that I’m just not ready. MORE  

Normies React to the 12 Steps

By Juliet Abram

"I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn't help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance." MORE  

Hospital, Again

By Susan Mansfield

We spoke about his other anxieties and how he feels inadequate and how he has such an empty life that he could not be able to go clean and face all his issues because it would be too hard, too painful and take too long. MORE  

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  

Turning The Tables On Disenfranchised Grief

By Kenneth Gaughran

This becomes toxic when our own genuine feelings are not only devalued but we have this cultural collective consciousness that wants us to feel shame or guilt. MORE  

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