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Audio: Do I Tell People I’ve Quit?

This is Sober Podcast Episode #175 for my weekly sober podcast series. Thanks to listener ‘Out-of-the-Cab’ for submitting today’s question. She asks how to explain to people that we’ve quit drinking. So in my reply, I talk about who to tell, what to say, when to say it, and how to get support. Do you […]

Does “Fake It Till You Make It” Work in Recovery Too?

I am a firm believer in faking it. Not like the guy Leonardo DiCaprio played in Catch Me if You Can who pretended to be an airline pilot.  Although he did look good in the uniform. I mean, if you’re smart enough you can pretend to know how to do something. Show More Summary

The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

What happens when researchers deliver conflicting results? What should we believe? A recent study examining the effectiveness of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not this drug is effective in treating alcohol dependence. Just the Facts, Please Baclofen is a muscle relaxant and...

this makes me feel better

today, let’s talk about things that make you feel better. one of the challenges of sobriety is dealing with uncomfortable feelings. and when we feel crappy, it’s sometimes hard to remember what to DO to feel better. For today, I would like you to put a comment on this blog post of something that you […]

The Cat Died “Thing” is Kind of Like How I Got Sober…

I woke up thinking about an assignment I got at the Writers in Paradise Conference three years ago. The assignment was to write a paragraph that began and ended with the words, “the cat died.” We had ten minutes to finish. It was the first time I realized my creativity has limits. Show More Summary

Introducing The Adventures of a Sober Señorita

As a blogger who is in recovery for alcoholism, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many amazing writers who are seeking to provide hope and information to others. Today I bring you Kelly Fitzgerald of The Adventures of a Sober Señorita who is sharing her story with us here. Show More Summary

Interview with Neal

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to Neal about how he was doing now that the Risky Drinkingdocumentary has aired. I wanted to know what he had been doing since the film completed until now. He was hesitant to talk to me but not for the reason that you might assume. Show More Summary

Audio: Top 3 Factors that contribute to successful long-term sobriety

This is Sober Podcast Episode #174 for my weekly sober podcast series. Gem64 sent me an audio question, asking what are the top 3 things that make it more likely that someone will be long-term sober. Of course, I started trying to keep the numbers straight in my head but it turned into a bit […]

Procrastination, Self Sabotage and Other Bad Things…

I joined the Grand Rapids YMCA two months ago. I just went for the first time (after 3 payments of $55) yesterday. My school of thought about exercise regimens has always been, “Do not turn up for Pilates class until you have lost 5Show More Summary

Saturday Celebration Roundup

Happy Day 50 to Bruna! Happy Day 50 to Liquid Tracy! Happy Day 50 to Ana Maria! Happy Day 50 to Princess Buttercup! Happy Day 50 to Maki! Happy Day 50 to SueW! Happy Day 50 to Mari! Happy Day 50 to Nevis! Happy Day 50 to Fiona! Happy Day 50 to Roadtosoberville! Happy Day 50 to Putting Down the Glass! Happy Day 50 to Lacie! […]

Join me in NYC for She Recovers Retreat in May!

With 2017 officially started, I am sitting at my desk looking at a calendar planning out the year. This sounds like SO much fun right? I am the kind of person who likes to roll with the punches, jumping at FUN opportunities as they’re presented but frankly planning is a necessity in my world. Show More Summary

re-entry

written december 30th: home from trip to australia, all seems well on re-entry thus far. though i do have a full inbox that’ll take 1-2 days to fully answer ???? it’s also very cold here (like below freezing) while sydney is having a heat wave. sober travel. here’s what it means: remember everything. no missed afternoons. […]

Is Anyone Grateful EVERY Day? Can I Get a Recap?

  I’m not finished with 2016 yet. I feel the need to recap or amalgamate or conclude. So many positive things happened this year (last year?) and I don’t feel like I’ve been properly grateful. Because it’s not like I am thankful every day for the resurrection I have experienced. Show More Summary

Changed Relationship Status

I'm changin my relationship status. And I broke my sobriety. And this is the biggest scariest thing I have one in ages. And I am fucking petrified. But also completely confident I am doing the right thing. OK, Details. Thing is I haven't...Show More Summary

Addicts are not the only victims

Below is a guest post sent to me by Foundations Recovery Network. Lots of great graphics and relevant statistics. Addiction has the power to destroy many things in someone’s life. A passion, a future, a career…but most importantly, it can destroy a family. Show More Summary

World of hurt

New jobs are tough. New jobs and saying goodbye to a lost love is double tough. The thought ‘I am gonna fucking drink this all away.’ popped up. So, time to write and sort stuff out. What is in the … Continue reading ?

Audio: New Years Greetings 2017

Well this is a first. A new year’s day greeting compiled from YOUR voice clips, sent in from all over the world. No kidding, how great is this! I’m going to send this out to my sober podcast subscribers, but wanted you to hear it too. There’s something for you in here. I guarantee it. And […]

Wrapping Up the Old Year – Three Important Things…

Three things: First, I was included in another compilation of the Best Recovery Blogs of 2016. This one from across the pond in England. There are some great resources in it, so put it in your back pocket for one of those days when your...Show More Summary

Gratefulness’s Mean Sister – When Envy Comes Knocking at Christmas…

I spent Christmas day on the Atlantic Ocean, in the condo building I used to live in. With my former husband, former English bulldog and my current kids. The only thing weirder than that confluence of used-to-be, was that it was not weird. Show More Summary

Underage DUIs: 6 Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

Drunk driving can have serious consequences, including injury and death. If you’re an underage driver, you will be slammed with a DUI (driving under the influence) charge if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.01% or higher; if you are underage, you cannot have any alcohol in your bloodstream when you are behind the wheel of a...

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