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10 Reasons Why I'm Lucky To Be An Alcoholic

The Fix | Posted 08.09.2016 | Healthy Living
The Fix

I didn't want to admit I was an alcoholic and I could never imagine feeling grateful about it. At three years sober, my views have completely changed. I now count myself as one of those crazy people who believes they are truly lucky to be an alcoholic.

Why Writing About Childhood Trauma Is So Important

Diana M. Raab | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Some years ago when I was in my 40s, I recall a good friend telling me that her 62-year-old mother was having a nervous breakdown. When I asked her what was going on, she said that following her divorce, the trauma of her childhood resurfaced.

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.

11 Things I've Learned in 20 Years of Sobriety

Jenn Bovee | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Jenn Bovee

A few months ago I celebrated 20 years since I last consumed any alcohol. While this may seem like nothing to many of you, I invite you to go spend some time at your local detox centers.

To The Little One Who Lost Her Mother To Adddiction

Pia Artesona | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Pia Artesona

Becoming a mother has really opened my heart. Besides being with family, I notice the compassion most when I am teaching yoga. One of my favorite plac...

Can Helping Others Keep You Sober?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 04.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

By Jill Suttie Alcoholism and drug addiction are often intractable illnesses. Many addicts and alcoholics relapse within 6-12 months of treatments t...

The One Practice That Will Change the World You See

Carolyn Jean Roney | Posted 04.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Jean Roney

In addition to this email list, I also practice gratitude privately in my morning meditation. I jot down a few things I feel grateful for, and then also write three things I appreciate about my man. Constantly looking for things to appreciate has created even more richness in my relationship.

ADVICE 08: My Husband's an Alcoholic

Brent Stoller | Posted 04.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

Photo Credit: Brent Stoller To send in a question, please complete this short Google form. All submissions are anonymous, even to the author. ***** ...

My Struggle With Alcohol: Why I Said Goodbye

Camille Williams | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Camille Williams

Photo credit: George Doyle When I quit drinking, outer appearances said I still had it all together. My life, family and career were intact and fully...

My Journey to Sobriety Wasn't Easy, But It Was Worth It

Brittney Taylor | Posted 03.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Brittney Taylor

Sobriety has given me everything that alcohol took away from me. I have a great job, which I show up to. I am finally finishing college (better late than never) and pursuing a degree that I am passionate about. I learned to love myself, which has made me capable of loving someone else the way a human being actually deserves to be loved because I had that all wrong in the past.

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, Baby,...

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 what wo...

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.

Finding Recovery on Social Apps

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.09.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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.

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

Ben Rimalower | Posted 06.25.2016 | 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 06.21.2016 | 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 su...

June 10, 1935... The Last Drink

Tommy Rosen | Posted 06.10.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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 f...

6 Things I Learned During Two Years Without Alcohol

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 05.18.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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.