Our personal histories shape the way we think about jobs, and our experiences at work can control—even dominate—our personal lives. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion happen all the time, whether you’re doing a paid job, voluntary work, or caring for family members. Where does hard work stray into something addictive, controlling, and dangerous? Why are we working […]Read more "Pre-order Anxy Issue #2: The Workaholism Issue"
Every other week I’ll answer one recovery/addiction related question posed by Anxy readers, based on my experience. This isn’t meant to diagnose or provide medical advice — that responsibility lies with physicians. The author is not a licensed medical professional. Dear Katie, I know I need to quit drinking. Friends and family keep commenting on how much […]Read more "Ask Katie: Should I Quit Drinking Right Before I Go Through Something Terrible?"
for The Outline In 1979, Bruce Alexander, a researcher at Simon Fraser University, separated rats into two cages, a stimulating one and an isolated one, and gave them morphine in order to measure the effect of environment on addiction rates. The so-called “Rat Park” experiment was intended to debunk some of the flawed understanding around […]Read more "THIS 38-YEAR-OLD STUDY IS STILL SPREADING BAD IDEAS ABOUT ADDICTION"
for Rewire Qasim Rashid holds his phone out to me over the table at the Starbucks where we are having coffee. Someone has tweeted, “I will give anyone who kills the basterd [sic] Qasim Rashid one thousand dollar.” “First of all, I’m a little offended it’s only a thousand dollars,” Rashid says with a laugh. […]Read more "‘Coffee, Cake, and True Islam’: How a Muslim Community Is Fighting Islamophobia"
Dear Katie, I work across the street from a bar, and about every month I go there on a Friday night to unwind with my manager and some of my co-workers. Lately, my manager has been overdoing it, drinking till the point of blackout. When he’s sober, his personality is somewhat abrasive and cocky (for […]Read more "Ask an Addict: So Your Boss Has a Drinking Problem…"
For Paste Addiction is an issue that impacts almost everyone in some way. I’ve been in recovery from alcoholism/addiction since January 2008. During that time, I’ve gone through ups and downs but have fortunately managed to stay sober. I’m not an expert or mental health professional, just a sober person offering advice based on my […]Read more "Ask an Addict: Partying Post Relapse"
for Book Riot There are a number of reasons I love Samantha Irby. She makes me feel better about the fact that I hate almost everything (most especially leaving the house), she talks frankly about the realities of living with a bowel disorder, and she recently got BORN DEAD tattooed on her knuckles. She is […]Read more "WE ARE NEVER INTERVIEWING IN REAL LIFE: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAMANTHA IRBY"