addiction

The Sobriety Hype

What does it mean to be sober? Do you have to be serious all of the time? What about fun—can you have any fun? There is a stigma surrounding addiction, recovery, and sobriety that has not been fully dealt with ...

American Overdose

— Drop what you’re doing and read this book. Back in December (2018), Observer contributor Gonzalo Baeza reviewed award-winning journalist Beth Macy’s book Dopesick, in what he described as a “… timely, in-d...
Tim Hillegonds

Graduation

When someone was leaving rehab—we called it graduating—we would all gather in the great room for a goodbye ceremony. We would sit in a circle on dinged-up metal folding chairs, all of us a little too fidgety, a...
addiction

The Me in the Mirror

After waking up, there is always the question of what comes next—what life might lie beyond the life you’ve left behind.   — Leslie Jamison When I got sober four months ago, I began to wake up. With each pas...