Scary Times for Men

For Anxy
Men have dominated the conversation forever—so why should I be expected to give them even more air time?

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There’s No One Right Way to Think About Addiction

for NYMag.com I have been a recovering alcoholic for almost nine years. A lot has happened during that time: I’ve watched as the failures of the war on drugs have made themselves clear; as the prevalence of opiate addiction in white, middle-class neighborhoods has swelled; as the problem of addiction has taken on a more […]

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Women and Their Relationship with Alcohol: A Reading List

Originally posted on Longreads:
My alcohol story seems like a non-story: I grew up in a home of teetotalers. We did not imbibe alcohol, nor did we discuss it. My mom’s parents are Southern Baptists, so her upbringing was the same. Alcohol made my dad sick, so he avoided it. I was a nerd in…

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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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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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