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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.

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.

Rob Ford Was Two Years Sober When He Died

Rob Ford, Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the truth about everything and nothing whatsoever.

This Rabbit Hole Is Lovely, Dark and Deep

Facebook’s “On This Day” feature is a gratitude list that has already written itself

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?

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