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Managing Holiday Parties as a Sober Introvert

Parties have always been challenging for me, even as a young child. Lots of people, lots of noise, lots of […]

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10 Ways to Find Joy While Trying to Quit Drinking

After my last drink, happiness felt so far away from me. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever “catch my bliss,” […]

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10 Ways to Be the Best Ally to Someone Who’s Trying to Quit Drinking

I’ve seen and believe that connection is the opposite of addiction. (Research by Johann Hari and the Rat Park experiment […]

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How Does Alcohol Affect Your Mental Health?

The drunkest I’ve ever been, I was in my twenties. I stood in a graffiti-covered bar bathroom stall one moment […]

How Can I Overcome Self-Sabotage When Trying to Quit Drinking?

We’ve all had a brush with self-sabotage. Maybe you procrastinated on a term paper or a big project. It could […]

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8 Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety Without Alcohol

It wasn’t until I was about 10 years sober that I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, […]

6 Alternate Coping Mechanisms & Rituals for When You’re Not Drinking

Making a conscious decision to put down alcohol is a big deal. We live in a culture that pushes alcohol […]

5 Ways to Untangle Shame Around Difficult Emotions in Early Sobriety

In early sobriety, letting regular emotions exist in the body can feel impossible. But over time, we learn how to process […]

The Difference Between Guilt, Shame, and Regret in Early Recovery (And How to Overcome Them)

When we make the decision to get sober, we often find ourselves staring head-on into the wreckage of our past. In […]

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How to Deal with Anger in Early Sobriety

Quitting drinking is a feat in itself.  When we focus on living our lives without alcohol, a lot can change […]

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