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Why Do Good Things Sometimes Feel Triggering?

January 7, 2022 | Lauren McGrew-Hitzhusen

Have you ever had something great happen to you, only to feel more down and even somewhat empty afterward? You may even feel compelled to drink alcohol. You’d think that you would be able to revel in your victory or whatever accomplishment you just experienced, but it doesn’t always work out this way. Sometimes, alcohol…

4 Tips to Work Your Way Through Step 9

January 7, 2022 | Rachael Goldstein

For many people, Step 9 is one of the most intimidating steps and often one of the most challenging parts of AA in general. However, when done correctly, it can also be one of the most transformative. Research has shown repeatedly that involvement in a 12-Step group—including actively working the steps—is associated with better outcomes…

Ask AA: Changing Careers in Recovery

January 6, 2022 | Susanne Reed, PhD

Recovery is more than abstaining from alcohol. It’s often referred to as a journey or process that begins with abstaining and continues by making healthy changes to improve overall well-being. Recovery is an opportunity to find purpose in life and fulfill that purpose for the greater good. In early recovery, you may find yourself wanting…

Why Admitting Your Wrongs to Another Person is Important in AA

January 4, 2022 | Rachael Goldstein

Going to AA meetings is often beneficial, even if you aren’t actively working the steps. For some people, it takes a little bit longer to open up and find a sponsor, but once you’ve been going to meetings for a little while and start to feel more comfortable, it’s a good idea to seek out…

Alcohol Detection Systems Are Now Mandatory in New Vehicles

December 17, 2021 | Kerry Nenn

Automatic parking. Automatic steering assist. Autopilot. More and more driving features are becoming automated. What will we see next? Well, it certainly looks like self-driving cars will be a thing in the future. But for right now, mandatory alcohol detection systems are the newest automotive innovation. It might sound like something out of a sci-fi…

Step 6: Tips for Dealing With Character Defects in Recovery

December 3, 2021 | Autumn Jerumbo

Character defects are coping mechanisms developed as a means to manage life. Step 6 of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “(We) were entirely ready to have God Remove All These Defects of Character.” A famous quote by Maya Angelou states, “Do the best you can. Then, when you know better, do better.” This quote embraces the spirit…

Lessons Learned From Living With a High-Functioning Alcoholic

December 1, 2021 | Natalie Baker

Over a decade ago, I moved in with an ex-boyfriend of mine. We had been dating for a couple of years at that point, so I thought we knew nearly everything about each other. But living together exposed a secret side of him: he was a drinker. Not just a social drinker, mind you, but…

What’s the Pandemic Really Doing to Our Mental Health?

November 29, 2021 | Lauren Sawyer

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge strain on our mental health system as people are struggling to cope with the fallout of the pandemic. Rates of pandemic mental health diagnoses spiked dramatically across all demographics, but the rise is particularly prevalent among young people.  Since March 2020, rates of suicide have exploded, along with…

11 Myths About Safe Drinking

November 26, 2021 | Susanne Reed, PhD

Is there such a thing as safe drinking? Is there a shortcut to sobering up? Is drinking occasionally really that bad? What exactly are unsafe drinking behaviors, anyway? Unsafe drinking behaviors may include underage drinking, blacking out, injuries, violence, driving while intoxicated, accidents, overdoses, and death. There are so many myths about drinking that could…

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