The Small Bow

Why Aren’t You Dead?

Phew. Thank God you're still alive. And if some of you are still out there goin' hard, try to be safer. Know your surroundings. Reduce harm. Try Antabuse, maybe? Take an Uber. Carry some Narcan. Do Kundalini yoga. Whatever whenever. You never know when you've gone too far. Here are some lucky SOB's who lived to tell these tales.

New Year, Same Fear: A Recovery Reboot

Resolutions about recovery have more meaning. They're also the hardest to keep. It's cool to start jogging, but our contributors are trying to save their mortal souls.

A Gratitude List for People Who Are All ‘Eh’ About the Word “Gratitude”

What if gratitude isn't a hot look for you? It's okay to be thankful for things that matter only to you.

How To Suffer Better

This is the first of a multi-part series on how we drunks suffer differently. Sometimes the hard stuff is the best stuff, so smile and keep pushing that shit up the hill. Clancy Martin shows the way.

Which Stage Is This?

Sometimes the only way I can handle my brother’s overdose death is to not handle it. Grief is funny that way.

Things We Still Do That Make Us Feel Like We’ve Been Set on Fire

What’s a sober activity you don’t feel very soberly about? Our readers write in and admit that there are some things that still make them jangly.

I’ll Ask Joe: What Does “Accidental Overdose” Even Mean?

Here’s a monthly recovery-related question we posed to our resident advocacy professional, Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years, plus run several rehabs, sober living facilities, been a sober coach and an interventionist. We asked Joe this month about whether professional sports organizations can provide better mental health services for their athletes. Shocker: yes they can. But will they?

God, Please Take My Sad, Angry Shame Away

We asked our readers to submit some things to put in their personal "God Box" – a place for resentments and painful memories that they admit hold them back. Here's an illustrated collage of the submissions we received.

Tell Me What It’s Like to Be on Antabuse

Our first regular "Anonymous" feature comes from a shadowy contributor who has been using Antabuse for the past year to help reduce alcohol cravings, since regular old abstinence wasn't enough. This q-and-a reveals whether that experience was more or less harrowing than being a banged-up fall-down drunk.