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Nobody’s Around: Recovering During The Coronavirus

Sober people struggle differently with social distance and recovery programs are being affected. Some of our readers share their stories. If you'd like to participate, hit us up here: editors AT thesmallbow DOT com.

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Each Calamity Is Met With Greater Confidence

What does 35 years of sobriety feel like? Was getting sober during the height of 80's Hollywood excess difficult? Let's find out.

These Damn Devices Will Poison Us All

Most people waste time on social media to talk to high school friends or yell about politics or self-promote for business purposes. But then there's the other, dark half of those people. Our readers anonymously share their shameful online habits they just can't shake. Hold on to your jaws. 

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.

How To Not Be An Asshole Anymore

A handy list from our readers who have suffered enough of already and learned a better way to exist in the world. Thank you to all those who contributed. Everybody learns; everybody grows.

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.

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.