The Inevitable Ugliness of Alcoholism

For The Establishment The mornings were not always the most severe—but they were the most desperate. I would be fine for a few minutes, as long as I lay perfectly still in my nest on the ground. The moment I went to move, however, the shaking began. It was only visible in my hands, a […]

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The Dangers of DXM

It’s a story that sent the local news swarming: Five Students in Marin County Hospitalized After Cough Syrup Overdose. The teaser is easy to imagine: “The dangerous new drug that’s sending teens to the hospital—it’s legal, lethal, and could be in your medicine cabinet.” Yet, aside from the classification of a “new” drug, that description […]

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Would You Become Un-addicted if You Could?

For addiction.com “Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet.“ This statement, from the “More about Alcoholism” chapter in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, is often read as part […]

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AA Isn’t a Cult (But I Could See Why You’d Think That)

As practically anyone who’s part of a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) knows, criticism of this approach to recovery abounds. A simple search will send you down an Internet rabbit hole and you’ll soon see the word “cult” spring up over and over again

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The Big Stigma of Being Depressed and Sober

As the year anniversary of Williams’ death approaches, we are no closer to having real conversations about mental health. I hope we can join together in support of each other and in defiance of the stigma around mental illness. Initially posted on The Bold Italic Robin Williams’s death has instigated numerous conversations around sobriety, but the […]

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Q&A: Sarah Hepola, Author of ‘Blackout’

I spoke with Sarah Hepola, author of the best-selling memoir, “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget,” about blacking out, recovery, and how those of us with self-destructive tendencies can learn to stop tearing ourselves apart.

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The Irrationality of The Atlantic’s Piece on AA

A few weeks ago, Gabrielle Glaser wrote a piece in the Atlantic titled The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s taken me many, many hours to figure out if and how I wanted to respond and this is the result.

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