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My Imperfect Sobriety

By Melissa Petro

I didn’t follow all the rules when I was new to program and I still don’t. Part of me knows that’s exactly how it should be.  MORE  

A Sober Passage in India

By Kristen McGuiness

After months of rootless-feeling travel, I realized—in a 12-step meeting in Mumbai—that I’d found my way home. 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  

My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me

By Carlos Herrera

It's one thing to realize that you have a self-destructive brain. It's quite another to learn how to not react to it. 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  

The Trials of Pat O'Brien

By Anna David

Pat O’Brien rose to the top as a sportscaster and entertainment reporter before weathering a very public scandal. Now he’s one of sobriety’s greatest advocates. MORE  

Holiday Survival Guide

By Francesca Brandelius

Young, sober and hoping to avoid temptation this holiday season? Here's how to stay out of trouble and have some fun. MORE  

Never Not Sober

By Anna David

Before he quit drinking, Jimmy Pardo—the host of the popular podcast Never Not Funny—used to get tossed out of casinos. Now, every Thanksgiving, he raises money for disabled kids. That's no joke. 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  

My Awkward Sober Sex Life

By Rebecca Parker

Navigating the subtle space between blindfolds and tender declarations of love hasn't been easy. But no one ever said sober sex is a cakewalk. MORE  

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