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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?

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.

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.

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.

What It’s Like Over Here, What’s It Like Over There?

Here's a news series titled "Why I'm Probably A Drunk" where we ask writers we like who are still admitted problem drinkers to write about it the best they can.

I’ll Ask Joe: What Is This Opioid Crisis All About, Man?

The wrong way to react to the Opioid Crisis is with shock, horror, and surprise. Drug users use drugs. The question is will they use egregious lethal street drugs or something regulated and supervised that will help them.