Mom, Do You Have Alcoholism?

Last night on the way to hockey practice, my son dropped a bomb. We hadn’t even pulled out of the driveway yet. “Mom, today in health class, we talked about alcoholism,” he said. My son is 12 years old and in seventh grade. I had been wondering when this might come up. Was I ready? […]

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When Life Hands You A Walk, Take It

Life has been an emotional roller coaster lately. For the past two months at least. One thing after another. Just when I think the chaos and conflict is over, it starts again. Just when I start to breathe, the choking feeling returns. My problems are no more important than anyone else’s. In fact, they’re nowhere […]

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Any Advice for a 30-Year-Old Problem Drinker?

This is a different type of post for me today, but one that is very important. Earlier this week, I received a message via my Facebook page. With the message sender’s permission, I share it here: “My brother has never really gotten out of the college age drinking phase. He is about to turn 31 […]

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From Blackout Drinking to Addiction

University of North Carolina senior Ashton Katherine Carrick recently defined the “aspirational blackout” as “intentionally drinking with the goal of submersing yourself in so much alcohol that you can’t remember what happened and the only vestiges that remain from the night before are the videos on your friends’ phones.” Carrick’s identification of stress as the […]

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The Air Was Right Here The Whole Time

Ever since I can remember, I have sought out special places I can retreat to when I need to find peace. Those places have always be associated with water. The saltier the better. In early sobriety, those places became exponentially more important to me. Without booze as my “come up for air at the end […]

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