The Small Bow

New Prayers for the Sunk

Here's an Inverse Pitching assignment we posed to the group: Write your own prayer, profanity is allowed and encouraged. Non-believers are welcome, just let your minds be untrammeled. Off we go.

When Recovery Memoirs Just Don’t Light You Up Like They Used To

It's another round of Inverse Pitching. This week's authors wrote super-short insights about an unexpected, or surprising thing they've read that helped them in their recovery journey. Writers were encouraged not to use paragraphs from recovery memoirs, unless they were super original. We just didn't want six people quoting Amy Dresner.

I’ll Ask Joe: Is Booze A Bigger Crisis Than Opioids?

Here are some questions we pose to our resident advocacy professional, Executive Editor Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years. He’s also president of Remedy Recovery and co-founder of The Fix. Our topic today: America's booze problem. According to the National Institute of Health's death scoreboard, Alcohol is beating Opioids, 88,000 to 40,000, but we haven't declared it a crisis just yet.

Shitty Deaths, Personalized

This week, writers wrote in and helped us complete this Inverse Pitching assignment from a couple weeks back: Name a celebrity overdose death or suicide that shook you the most. We paid them $50 for 50 words. Some went a little over 50 words. One person went under. We compiled them and Edith drew.

And Yet There Are No Demons

Why demons? Why not what's real?

Rehab Is For Suckers, So Try Something Else

Remember: The stated goal of most rehab facilities is “total abstinence forever” and the success rate of that is low. I mean it's really, really, really, low. Of course, when it doesn’t work, the individual is to blame, often times dismissed as “not ready" or "unwilling" etc. That's part of of it, but not to the degree to which the current paradigm fails. The science of addiction and possible medical interventions has all progressed, but most rehabs still prefer to be A.A. indoctrination vessels. And if that doesn't work? The solution is usually more rehab, of course.

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.

Soundtrack for the Doomed: These Songs Feel Like Slips

Remember those songs that told you it's time to get home before the birds start chirping? So do we. It's either a fun exercise in gratitude or a slippery slope down memory lane so be careful. But if you'd like to participate in our next round-up please email us here: editors@thesmallbow.com

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