Ask Katie: Is the One Year Rule in AA Worth Breaking?

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 […]

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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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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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