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How I Got Sober

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

My parents drove me up to the mountains of North Carolina as if they were taking me to summer camp like they had done when I was a little girl. But I wasn't 10, I was 32 and it wasn't summer camp, it was rehab.

10 Birthday Reflections From a Sober 30-Year-Old

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

So much happened in my 20s -- lost relationships, lost friendships, my alcoholism peaked, I got sober, moved countries, started my writing career, and found the love of my life. The lows were low and the highs were high. I am embracing the pain of letting go of the last decade of my life.

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.

9 Things I've Gained From Sobriety

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Beth Leipholtz

When I first ventured into sobriety two years ago, a family friend, who is also sober, said to me: "You'll be amazed how full your life can be." At the time, I didn't believe that. My life was full when I was drinking -- at least I thought it was.

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.

10 Reasons Sober People Are Attractive

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I've come to realize that there's a calmness surrounding people who are strong their sobriety. A certainty in who they are and what they stand for. A sense of serenity, if you will. There are numerous reasons that sobriety and sober people are hella sexy.

12-Stepping on Tinder

Allison Hudson | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I started to get message after message from guys wanting to know about my tagline. I have always been open and honest about my sobriety, so I was happy to answer them. The most common question I would get was: "Does it bother you to be around drinking?" And the answer is no.

1,000 Sober Days

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I heard someone say that you have two lives; you start living the second one when you realize you only have one. And that's what I've been doing the past 1,000 days. Life is for living, and I can't do that if I am not present for it, and I can't be present for it if I'm not sober.

Saying Goodbye to My Former Best Friends

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I had no idea that getting sober would allow me the opportunity to not be a bitch or a control freak, but it has. I came into the rooms of recovery to clean up. I had no idea of all the positive changes that seem to be common side effects of recovery.

10 Things I Wish I Knew At The Beginning Of Sobriety

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I loved getting drunk because the high allowed me to forget about everything else pressing or shameful in my life. I don't have that problem today. It is refreshing to have nothing to hide from in my life. I'm proud of where I am and who I am, because I put a hell of a lot of work into becoming that person.

Seeking Sobriety in the New Year: The Real Dope on the Imperfect Process of Recovery

Robert Weiss | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Weiss

Yes, some addicts do walk into a treatment center or a 12-step support group and find that they are suddenly "struck sober," with the desire to drink/use/whatever swiftly and permanently removed. However, that is not the usual pathway to healing and a better life.

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?

5 Reasons You Want a Sober Person at Your Holiday Party

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Just because I'm sober doesn't mean I don't want to come to your party. Maybe I do and maybe I don't, but if we're friends, I'd at least like the invite so I can decide for myself.

The Best Images In Street Art This Year (VIDEO)

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Here it is! Our 2014 wrap up featuring favorite images of the year by Brooklyn Street Art's Jaime Rojo. Before our video roundup below here i...

Holiday Drinking: Starts Classy, Ends Trashy

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

In fact, I can be anyone I want to be as long as I'm sober, but I don't have to try and pretend to be anyone. I'm just the girl with the sparkling water who smiles and laughs and really loves knowing how her night is going to end: happily.

Lowering My Standards to Match My Behavior

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

"Want to have some self-esteem?" she asked. "Do estimable things." That was a novel idea. But little by little it is exactly what I did, and then one day I looked in the mirror and really liked the person I was becoming.

I Got Sober When the Pain of Staying the Same Was Greater Than the Fear of Changing

Allison Hudson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

So now I am 29 months sober. I know, right? That seemed impossible 883 days ago, but I must say, life is so unbelievably good today. So, what does life look like for me 29 months sans booze? Well...

Former 'American Top 40' Host Celebrates 30 Years Of Sobriety

OWN | Posted 10.17.2014 | OWN

In 1988, Shadoe Stevens, a radio host from North Dakota, landed the gig that would turn him into one of the most recognized voices in the world. He wa...

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.

Elaine Stritch: My Drunk and Sober Lodestar

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

When I met Elaine Stritch, she was sober, and I was drunk. It was 1998 at a book party for Joan Collins at the bygone social X-ray hangout Mortimer's. At 30, I thought I was jaded when it came to bending elbows with the rich and famous. Until I saw Her.

This Is What It Is Like to Be an Addict With Triggers

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I bring these events up specifically because of how minuscule they are in a normal person's world -- going to bed at night, grabbing a beverage to hydrate. But in an addict's world, it's the small actions like this that can set off a string of memories associated with our use.

10 Things You Should Never Say to Sober People

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Sober people can make drinkers feel uncomfortable, and sometimes they chime in with the most unusual comments. Drinkers, consider these next time you're around a Sober Sally.

21 Lessons I Learned After One Year As A Sober 21-Year-Old

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

A little over a year ago, at 20 years old, I took my last sip of alcohol. That's right -- I've never even had a legal drink. Instead I've had lessons -- some of them obvious, others blessings in disguise.

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.

17,000 Sober Hours

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Not one of those hours was spent wasted drinking at a bar, being drunk, or hung over. I didn't make any trips to the emergency room. I didn't spend any nights in jail. I didn't waste one hour in court. I haven't wasted an entire day sleeping it off and feeling miserable because of drinking the night before.