How To Resist the Pressure to Drink at Parties

My boss swung a half-empty bottle of white wine in front of my face like she was trying to hypnotize me with it. “You don’t ever miss this?” she asked. The rest of the staff looked at me awkwardly. Some of them knew that I was sober, most of them were figuring it out now.

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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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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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5 Ways to Cope with Cravings

Every alcoholic and addict experiences cravings sometimes, no matter how long we’ve been sober. Just this evening, a friend asked me if I ever still crave alcohol.

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