Every time I drank I went into the night feeling invincible, glamorous, and like any pain would leave me as soon as the vodka touched my lips. In reality, alcohol doesn't deliver a lot, it robs people every day of the things that mean the most to them, and for me it was no different. Here are 8 things alcohol promises, but sobriety actually delivers.
My wife and I decided to set off on a road trip to see what's invariant in the Alcoholics Anonymous experience, regardless of region and culture, and what's novel. We want to catalog the forms of AA, and explore what the differences reveal about the shared experience of sober living.
In meetings, I kept hearing revelatory things -- about how resentments were like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die, how rejection was God's protection and more that may sound clichéd now as I write but which literally changed my life. Basically, I fell in love with AA before I remembered that I hated it.
What does it mean to make amends? In Jane Green's latest novel, Summer Secrets, we follow Cat, a London journalist and recovering alcoholic on her journey through the twelve steps, which ultimately leads her to lovely beaches of Nantucket.
Google tells me that "awareness" is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of something. It's to be conscious of events. It means knowing one's thoughts and feeling one's emotions. The irony of Alcohol Awareness Month is that alcohol's primary function is to make a person unaware.
Some people tell me I should take that post down: What if someone finds it when they Google you? What if they see it while researching you for a job interview? All valid points. But I'm not taking it down. I need it there to remind me of where I was, of how close I was to killing myself, and to perhaps help someone else who might read it and resonate with it.
Probably the biggest tell-tale sign of the alcoholic is the inability to stop drinking once we have started. "One more, one more, one more" is always running through our minds.
According to Sonia Nazario's reporting in the Times from Honduras: The massive influx of young refugees from Honduras and