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Life as a Tweaker

By Amy Dresner

In my early twenties, I discovered speed. The affair was short but not at all sweet—unless you count the all Caramello bars. MORE  

Giving AA My All

By JL Scott

I used the fact that I was "of service" elsewhere as an excuse to stay out of AA—until I was forced to help the person I'd always ignored: myself. MORE  

Fifth Time’s a Charm

By Amy Dresner

I’ve been going to rehab for the past 15 years. But this is my last one—I hope.  MORE  

Can You OD on AA?

By Kristen McGuiness

Going to meetings every day and sponsoring a bunch of newcomers is fantastic—until you realize you’ve overdone it. MORE  

Relapsing on Mouthwash

By Vicki Hogarth

The meetings I went to were creepy enough for me to avoid the program altogether—and eventually relapse while gargling. Then I realized something had to change: me. MORE  

Playing a Better Melody

By McCarton Ackerman

Melody Anderson was one of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood in the '80s. Now she’s one of the top addiction therapists.  MORE  

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