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I Used To Think Sober People Were Aliens

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Today, I know I make some drinkers uncomfortable just by being in the same room, especially because I am public about my sobriety. Oh how the tables have turned. But my experience has taught me to be compassionate to those who are still out there drinking and using, because I know exactly how they feel.

3 Big Life Lessons Learned in 3 Years of Sobriety

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

As I sit here, in my own house that we just purchased, gratefully reflecting on the last three years, I am in awe of how different of a person I am today. I had no idea my life would turn out the way it did and it's still unfolding in the most mysterious ways.

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...

Mission Over Margin

Jason Wahler | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Jason Wahler

I have always been extremely vocal about my goals in the field of treatment and recovery. I have never waivered from the fact that I will do anything ...

Sober & Bothered In Las Vegas

Alex McKelvey | Posted 04.19.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Alex McKelvey

The first and most important stop on our road trip back to New York was Las Vegas. I'd never been before so the idea was to make a straight-edge gonzo piece about my first impressions of Sin City uninfluenced by drugs or alcohol, a sacrilegiously sterile homage to that beautiful man, Hunter S. Thompson, who I had the time, resources and spirit to emulate in my late teens, early twenties.

Is it Worth it? Reflections From Being Two Years Sober

Rebecca Weller | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Weller

I learned how to rely on myself, to self-soothe, and to take responsibility for my decisions. With this came a higher level of emotional maturity, leaving me better able to handle all of life's ups and downs. I'm more self-aware now and a much kinder and more considerate person to be around

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...

Confessions of an Addiction and Recovery Writer

Anna David | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Still, writing about recovery isn't without its serious drawbacks. I've felt embarrassed that I've made such a big thing about being an addict. I've had people I know write Facebook posts deriding me for certain pieces and God knows how many negative comments on different articles.

Experiments in Happiness: No Sugar, Two Weeks

Shannon Deep | Posted 03.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Shannon Deep

I'm learning, I guess, to moderate. (Guys, I am such a revolutionary.) I'm learning to not just think harder about what I put in my body but to always think about what I put in my body.

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.

7 Tips to Help Keep You Sober During the Holidays

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I am currently in my third sober holiday season, and each one has gotten easier. Along the way, I have come up with my own way of dealing with being around others who drink and feeling frustrated by this. Here are seven tips to keep you sober during the holidays.

9 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I First Got Sober

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I have two friends who are both in their first weeks of sobriety. I've been trying to think of the right thing to say without overwhelming them because, the truth is, there are so many things I wish people had told me very early on in my sobriety.

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.

I Got Sober, But I Didn't Stop Being Controversial

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Just because I'm sober, aware of my actions and making a conscious effort to be a better person every day, does not mean I can't be strong-willed and outspoken. Like so much in recovery, finding my new identity was all about striking a healthy balance.

Even Sober, I Was a Nightmare Employee

Anna David | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I used to live by the credo that in order to have my respect, you had to earn my respect. There are a myriad of reasons as to how and why I landed on...

5 Times I Didn't Want to Stay Sober... But Why I Did Anyway

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

The majority of what I write has to do with the blessings that sobriety has brought to me, and most of the time that is truly how I feel about being sober. However, I wouldn't be an alcoholic if I didn't occasionally wish I could just throw caution to the wind and drink like everyone around me does.

6 Ways to Date Without Liquid Courage

Li Lin | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Li Lin

Create new rituals for getting yourself ready, psyched, confident and feeling your best before heading out. Put on your best anthems, say your mantras or affirmations, treat yourself to a sensual bubble bath, get yourself a mini-aromatherapy massage, make a delicious elixir to sip.

Thank God I've Never Had to Date in Sobriety

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

"You'll never meet a good guy in a bar or nightclub." That's what people say, right? Wrong. I met my boyfriend of 3.5 years in an after hours club i...

Recovering Alcoholic Wins Beer Stein Holding Contest

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 10.23.2015 | Weird News

It may not make up for all those painful hangovers, but at least years of heavy drinking can serve a purpose later down the line. Recovering alcoholic...

The Hardest Parts About Being Sober

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 10.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Mostly being sober is nothing short of amazing, but it's not always easy. It's a constant process of self-growth and discovery. I've had to revaluate my entire way of living and coping and sometimes it's hard.

6 Reasons to Break Anonymity in Sobriety

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

Here's why I've chosen (and continue to choose) to break my anonymity.

How Tim McGraw's Drinking Nearly Cost Him Everything

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.26.2015 | OWN

He's performed in giant stadiums in front of thousands, sung duets with superstars like Elton John and wife Faith Hill, and sold out arenas across the...

7 Things That Get Me High Today (Instead of Booze)

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

Since getting sober two years ago, I've had to find a number of replacements. The upside of these replacements? They don't negatively affect my decision-making abilities or get me into trouble with the law or anyone else. The downside? Well, there really isn't one.

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.

Sober Tents Provide A Festival Oasis For Music Lovers In Recovery

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment

For many music fans, summer festivals are a beloved annual tradition to take in live sets from some of their favorite bands under the stars while surr...