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Alcoholics Anonymous

WHiP It! Poetry: If You Think I Am Holding On...

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 02.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Elias, MS

​If You think I am holding on Then you could think I'd let go And free fall right into my heart. It's crazy, baby, that I never Called you, Bab...

6 Questions For A Woman With 6 Years Of Sobriety

Marissa Heard | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Marissa Heard

Last week I was lucky enough to celebrate with my mom for her sixth sober anniversary. She has always been open about her recovery in hopes to help others through their own sober journey. Since she's such an inspiration to me and many others I thought why not spread the love.

I Never Broke My Anonymity Because I Was Never Anonymous

Allison Hudson | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

There is fierce movement taking place right now that is awesome to watch and be a part of where people are stepping into the light and showing what recovery looks like. We are coming together to end the stigma and live out loud as people in long-term recovery from addiction.

What Not To Say To People In Recovery

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living

Recovering from a drug or alcohol use disorder is deeply personal, but it also requires support. It can be hard for friends and family to know w...

Recovery on the Road

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.22.2015 | 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 08.13.2015 | 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.

Finding Recovery on Social Apps

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.10.2015 | Media
Joe Putignano

In my opinion, recovery programs can work in a similar way, because when some people stop participating in them, they relapse. This is why the majority of us in recovery have to create a strong support network.

Summer Secrets: A Conversation with Author Jane Green

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.07.2015 | 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.

The First Play About the Community History of A.A.

Ben Rimalower | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Ben Rimalower

Alcoholics Anonymous is turning 80 this year and its 14th International Conference will take place over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend in Atlanta, GA.

An American Road Trip Off the Beaten Path

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Bibbi Abruzzini

"Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road." ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road. I woke up in a hotel room in Las Vegas, the ...

June 10, 1935... The Last Drink

Tommy Rosen | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

Today, I am celebrating Dr. Bob's last drink and the millions of people who have recovered from addiction since that pivotal moment.

4 Ways My Life Changed in 4 Years of Sobriety

Carolyn Jean Roney | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Jean Roney

I painted this mug four years ago on May 25, 2011. I was hungover, shaking, and scared as I painted these lyrics from the song Fee by one of my most...

6 Things I Learned During Two Years Without Alcohol

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Here I am two years sober; on May 6, 2013 I took my last drink. Since then my life has done a complete 360. I am a different person. Here are six things I've learned so far.

Happy, Sober and T

Darya Teesewell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Darya Teesewell

I took a celebratory coin to mark my seventeenth year from my sober friends, yesterday; embossed on one side are the words "to thine own self be true." There is no cure for being who we are; being who we are is key to recovery -- any recovery.

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.

Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work? Plus News of the New "Sober" Dating App

Nicholas Snow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Snow

Reports, NPR, a "Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence." Plus, a recent story in the New York Times asks, "Do Alcoholics Anonymo...

The Vulnerable Faith of Brené Brown

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

From the covering of our nakedness in Eden to the polite dishonesty of "putting on our Sunday best", pretense is borne from our fear -- fear of being judged, alienated and rejected. Yet it also becomes the prison that keeps us bound up.

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

Richard Taite | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short time before I started being able to sit longer and being more comfortable when I did.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Spock and the Lighthouse

Lorraine Roe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Roe

There's a new brouhaha about Alcoholics Anonymous in the media in an article in The Atlantic and recent book about "The Irrationality of Alcoholics An...

Spirituality vs. Science? A Rebuttal to The Atlantic Article, 'The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous'

Tommy Rosen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Tommy Rosen

While I absolutely believe that AA is far from perfect, please trust me when I suggest that we would not want to wake up tomorrow in a world without it.

What Do You Mean I Have To Date Without Drinking?

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I was a little over a year sober when I really started the dating thing. I was confident with my sobriety, the person I was becoming, and thought for the first time in years that I may actually have something positive to offer to a relationship. But why was dating so uncomfortable?

To Thine Own Self: The Psychology of Authenticity

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.25.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Some philosophers have argued that the desire to act in a way that is consistent with one's values and sense of self is linked to well-being. But others have argued that learning to express thoughts and feelings that obscure one's true inner state is an important adaptation for successful living. A team of psychological scientists has been working to resolve this issue empirically.

First Nighter: Broadway's Richard Thomas, Anna Chlumsky, Café Carlyle's Cheyenne Jackson and the Duplex's Ben Rimalower

David Finkle | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

One of the Broadway season's very highest lights, the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart You Can't Take It With You remains brightly illuminated now that replacements Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky have joined the hilariously accomplished ensemble under Scott Ellis's eloquent direction.

So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After the thousands of hours I've spent in recovery meetings, I can say I'm certain of only a few things. First, despite what many people believe, AA is not a cult. It's just a group of alcoholics trying to figure out how to stay sober by helping the next guy or gal stay sober. Two, no matter how shitty I feel before walking into a meeting, I always feel a little better after it's over.

I'm Pretty Sure the Grinch Is a Dry Drunk

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Showing up to AA was like being surrounded by a bunch of happy-ass Whos -- all smiling and laughing and seeming like they didn't have a care in the world. Yes, I am convinced the closest place to Whoville is within the rooms of AA -- where there is a fellowship, friendliness and indescribable understanding that is unlike anything I have ever seen.