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Things We Lost Running Around Out There, Acting All Crazy

We collected as many quiet confessions from some of our readers about what they believe was lost due to their alcoholism, drug misuse, or overall idiocy and selfishness. We didn't ask for full sentences, just a couple words. Here's what came up for them.

The Hawk

When we think of bottom stories, we usually think of car crashes or jail time, maybe a fist fight in a bar or a job or marriage loss. But sometimes they're less dramatic and only reveal themselves once our brains return to normal and involve dumb birds falling from the sky.

I’ll Ask Joe: Are Some Treatment Methods Total Bullshit?

Here’s a monthly recovery-related question we pose 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. So he's seen plenty. We asked Joe this month about recovery charlatans, and who to watch out for. He named some names, but don't these people really just want to help? The gurus are multiplying.

I Peed Myself Again

This Inverse Pitching is for all those who have lost control of their bodily functions and pissed their pants. It's okay. It (used to) happen.

Even If Your Blood Is Clean(Ish)

Sometimes the more insidious part of alcoholism is how we become addicted to the way other people make us feel.

This Is How We Live Now Because We Were Dead Inside

Now that our heads are clear there is more space to do great things, but also very boring activities. Well, activities we used to consider boring, but that are now somehow fun. Here's a recent Inverse Pitching assignment where we asked readers to tell us how they live now through stream of consciousness. We are all the same, but all different.

I’ll Ask Joe: Isn’t Harm Reduction Still Harmful?

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. Today's topic: Harm reduction. The loosest, most succinct definition of harm reduction is any positive change in drug or alcohol usage. It's definitely not abstinence, though, so let's party, right?

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.

But The Drugs Keep Me Sober

Most recovery programs require total abstinence to be considered sober. But is a sober performance worth your sanity and personal safety? We say never.