The Small Bow

I Resent the Things I Cannot Change

It's OK for a relationship to stay in stasis. Keeping it there while extricating yourself from it for the purposes of self-preservation is healthy, as extricating yourself from any situation that would normally make you drink is a sober decision.

I’ll Ask Joe: How Do I Detach From The Ones I Loathe During The Holidays?

This holiday season, can you finally shut the door on the alcoholic or drug addict in your family?

When In Doubt, Always Take The Piss Test

A Scram anklet? A urine test? Anything to help a desperate father prove he's sober enough to be around his kids.

I’ll Ask Joe: Do Interventions Actually Work?

Are you thinking about organizing an intervention for the addict in your life ? Think hard on that before you begin the group text. Make sure you're doing it for the right reasons–not just to be self-righteous.

Boys Will Be Boys With Beer: America’s Real Blackout Problem After Brett Kavanaugh

After two weeks of torment from the Brett Kavanaugh hearings (and his eventual confirmation), our resident social worker and alcohol expert, Joe Schrank, has some space to discuss the other-other problem: America's continued nonchalance about "youthful binge drinking."

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Trembling In Peace

I had never taught sober before. I’d always either taken Valium or had a few drinks, so I was googling articles about how the new modern smart mom drinks while pregnant. I found these articles convincing, and I was definitely headed down the road of telling myself I’d just have one glass this one day.

I’ll Ask Joe: Are Sober Companions Just For Desperate Celebrities?

"I try to think of my clients as having Stage 4 cancer, so I'm aware they won’t all make it. Arrogance is one of my flaws, but I know I can't control addiction. The body count is high and it is kind of wearing on me."

I’ll Ask Joe: What Is This Opioid Crisis All About, Man?

The wrong way to react to the Opioid Crisis is with shock, horror, and surprise. Drug users use drugs. The question is will they use egregious lethal street drugs or something regulated and supervised that will help them.