for Rolling Stone Chris Merkle had no intention of revisiting the traumatic events he experienced in war. After three tours in Iraq and four in Afghanistan, there was plenty to process – but his concern was moving forward, not revisiting the past. “I’m a Marine,” he says now, from his home in Los Angeles. “We’re […]Read more "Can Virtual Reality Help Cure PTSD?"
This article is not meant to diagnose or provide medical advice—that responsibility lies with physicians. The author is not a licensed medical professional. The advice column formerly known as Ask Katie is now over at Paste Magazine as “Ask an Addict” (spoiler alert: I’m the addict). Hope you enjoy! Addiction is an issue that impacts […]Read more "Ask an Addict: Returning to Social Life After Going Sober"
for Book Riot I’ve been sober for nine years, and in that time I’ve read a lot of books about addiction. In fact, I started reading about addiction before I got sober–-perhaps because something in the very back of my mind was telling me that someday these books would be quite relevant to my life. […]Read more "100 Must-Read Books About Addiction"
for Good In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles from land, a rogue wave knocked Chris Bertish off his paddleboard. The impact partially inverted the entire craft and pulled him under as he clutched onto his satellite phone. “I was dragged underwater in my full foul-weather gear by my harness tether, still attached […]Read more "Chris Bertish’s Wild Journey Across the Atlantic On A Paddleboard"
for The Fix: Dear Katie, I’m three months out of rehab and things are mostly going well. I’m seeing a therapist that was recommended by the hospital where I got treatment and I go to meetings and work with a sponsor. I did some messed up things when I was drinking and using–-drove when I […]Read more "Ask Katie: Why Won’t My Cousin Talk To Me?"
This piece is part of the regular Ask Katie* advice column series at The Fix. for The Fix I am a sophomore at a large university. I am mostly happy–-my grades are good, I’m enjoying my classes (after a bit of a rough patch last year), and I have great friends. Drinking culture is big here–-social life […]Read more "Ask Katie: How Much is Too Much College Drinking?"
This piece is part of the regular Ask Katie* advice column series at The Fix. Dear Katie, I’ve been in recovery for about three years, with a month or so of sobriety after a recent relapse. A new girl recently started attending my home group, and I’ve found that I have an easier time talking to […]Read more "Ask Katie: Is the One Year Rule in AA Worth Breaking?"