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8 Things Alcohol Promises But Sobriety Delivers

The Fix | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
The Fix

Every time I drank I went into the night feeling invincible, glamorous, and like any pain would leave me as soon as the vodka touched my lips. In reality, alcohol doesn't deliver a lot, it robs people every day of the things that mean the most to them, and for me it was no different. Here are 8 things alcohol promises, but sobriety actually delivers.

Meaningless Monday Market Movement

Phil Davis | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

Get ready for not much. All is relatively calm this morning as traders try to digest last week's exciting events.

How to Mix Spirits and Spirituality

Ruby Warrington | Posted 12.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ruby Warrington

I'll be drinking alcohol tonight and pretty much every night now until the new year. Happy holidays! But in two weeks' time, I can pretty much guarant...

To Anyone in A.A., With love

Sue Carswell | Posted 11.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Sue Carswell

As the chill of the late autumn whips its wonder around your beautiful home, all stays calm even as the tremors of fear are reflective in the mirrors....

Recovery on the Road

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Wray Herbert

My wife and I decided to set off on a road trip to see what's invariant in the Alcoholics Anonymous experience, regardless of region and culture, and what's novel. We want to catalog the forms of AA, and explore what the differences reveal about the shared experience of sober living.

AA Saved My Life (And I Get Why You Hate It)

Anna David | Posted 08.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Anna David

In meetings, I kept hearing revelatory things -- about how resentments were like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die, how rejection was God's protection and more that may sound clichéd now as I write but which literally changed my life. Basically, I fell in love with AA before I remembered that I hated it.

What's It Mean to Be Gay?

Francis Levy | Posted 07.13.2016 | Media
Francis Levy

The Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, has publically revealed that he attends AA meetings. ("Governing in Recovery," The Boston Globe, 1/23/14) The fact t...

Summer Secrets: A Conversation with Author Jane Green

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.06.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What does it mean to make amends? In Jane Green's latest novel, Summer Secrets, we follow Cat, a London journalist and recovering alcoholic on her journey through the twelve steps, which ultimately leads her to lovely beaches of Nantucket.

My Story of Alcoholism, and the Hell it Took To Become Aware

Ravishly | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Ravishly

Google tells me that "awareness" is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of something. It's to be conscious of events. It means knowing one's thoughts and feeling one's emotions. The irony of Alcohol Awareness Month is that alcohol's primary function is to make a person unaware.

Changing Sexes, Needing Church (and God)

Peggy Payne | Posted 05.08.2016 | Religion
Peggy Payne

"As a result of being transgender and accepting myself, my faith has grown deeper but still sits on the shaky foundation laid down by my family, the church and society."

Redefining Success in Sobriety

Elisa Hallerman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisa Hallerman

As the epidemic of addiction grows, it's imperative we do not "debunk" the spirituality of AA just to raise up the scientific community.

A Promised or Chosen Land?

Francis Levy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

The Exodus story is potent not only because it's a narrative of freedom from oppression, but because in microcosm it's about how human beings deal with freedom and negotiate the difficult life passages that occur once they receive the gift of choice.

They Are Not a Glum Lot

Cynthia Catania | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cynthia Catania

Lesbians are like Al-Anon and gays are like AA. They are not a glum lot! They are fun and cheeky and beautiful (sometimes). They are clearly enjoying their lives or at least the parts they can actually control.

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 01.01.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

Hitting Rock Bottom and How The Walking Dead Kind of Saved My Life

TueNight | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

Some people tell me I should take that post down: What if someone finds it when they Google you? What if they see it while researching you for a job interview? All valid points. But I'm not taking it down. I need it there to remind me of where I was, of how close I was to killing myself, and to perhaps help someone else who might read it and resonate with it.

My AA Sponsee Died Of An Overdose

Substance.com | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Substance.com

Not everyone I reach out to will stay sober, and some might never come back. But the moment with Kelly's family at her wake renewed my determination to keep being there, as much as I can, for anyone who asks for my help.

11 Warning Signs You May Have A Problem With Alcohol

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

Probably the biggest tell-tale sign of the alcoholic is the inability to stop drinking once we have started. "One more, one more, one more" is always running through our minds.

I Dated an AA Newcomer

Anna David | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

"I'm hot and you're hot," the message read. "Plus I'm sober and you're sober." This was a missive that appeared in my MySpace message box back when referencing MySpace didn't make you feel old. And look, I knew it was an incredibly douche-y introduction.

Why Dating Sober Was Great for Me

Substance.com | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Substance.com

Mike wasn't the first guy to be put off by my drinking. In fact, I'd never been able to hold on to any guy for longer than a month or two.

On 'Coming Out' As An Alcoholic

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women
Fran Moreland Johns

When describing myself list-wise, alcoholic would probably come after writer, wife, activist, mom etc; but I am still, and in a very public way, an alcoholic.

Let's Be Clear Who Has Caused the Border Crisis -- Us and Drugs

Stanton Peele | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

The massive influx of young refugees from Honduras and other Central American countries is due to the drug war, to the illegality of drugs, to the com...

I Loved AA: Here's Why I Left

Substance.com | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Substance.com

I respect and admire those who choose AA as their path. But I'm happily, for now, on the other side. Life after AA is indeed a mixed bag and I cannot handle it alone -- but I have learned how to find my own kind of fellowship.

5 Words I Found Myself Using in Weird Ways in Recovery

Anna David | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Words take on certain new meanings when you get sober -- or at least I should say some words. Yes, you learn new ones -- those types of things you're never going to find in the Oxford English Dictionary or outside of recovery circles probably -- like normie, sponsee and step work. But there are also a slew of words you're probably going to learn to use in new ways.

10 Ways College Life Has Changed Since I Stopped Drinking

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Beth Leipholtz

Because I am a college student and binge drinking is part of the culture, I think people assume that I didn't really have a drinking problem, that I wasn't an alcoholic, that I was overreacting to the situation. Hell, I was guilty of that thought process for a long time.

7 Reasons to Risk an Intervention

Heather Kopp | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kopp

Regardless of outcome, stepping in to urge treatment and set boundaries is a way of showing an addict just how far they've fallen at the same time that you're showing them how deeply you love them. Being part of such an event can be a profound, even sacred experience. If it doesn't change the addict, it might change you.