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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...

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 alcoholi...

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

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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 sur...

How I Got Sober

Anna David | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

The crazy part of my staunch belief that sobriety was the absolute worst thing is that I knew sober people who were not miserable and actually seemed quite pleased with their lives.

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.

How I Got Sober

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.13.2015 | 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?