The Small Bow

How to be the Smartest Person Who Knows Absolutely Nothing

Sometimes what hurts the most is actually asking for help. Just let it happen, captain.

What Works For Others: New Routines for Cloudy, Eggshell Minds

Share a unique part of your recovery program. Is it yoga? Japanese flower arranging? Fencing? We're looking to compile a list of short 100-word capsules of non-12 Step, non-IOP ways you've chosen to enhance your life and heal yourself. The weirder the better! Email us at editors@thesmallbow.com Thanks

I’ll Ask Joe: Am I a Failure if Rehab Doesn’t Work for Me?

You won't be the best version of yourself after 30 days in rehab. The goal is to get better and do whatever works, so don't let the rehab industry (or AA) tell you that they're the only solution.

Happy New Year, It’s Okay If You’re Not Ready

If this is your first sober New Year's Eve, please remember that it's just one day and this will all be over soon enough.

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.

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.