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Dating In Sobriety

How (Not) To Date in Sobriety: My Dinner with Steve, the Movie

Candle light. Barry White. And my Fifth Step.

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Harm Reduction

They Fell In Love Helping Drug Users. But Fear Kept Him From Helping Himself.

Beeler worried that a failed drug test — even if it was for a medication to treat his addiction (like buprenorphine) — would land him in prison.

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Grief

On the Other Side of Addiction, Only Love Remains

I knew that when we divorced I had abdicated my rights to the family. But I still loved him as I had since childhood.

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Sober Sex

Learning to Have Sex in Recovery

I had forgotten that I was once again in control of my own life… I needed to take charge of my sexual experiences just like I had taken charge of my recovery.

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Sober Dating

The Perils of Dating While Sober

I am acutely aware of how careful I am to minimize my recovery journey when I first start dating someone.

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Bipolar Disorder

The Million Dollar Smile: My Life with Bipolar Disorder

As many as 60 million people worldwide have bipolar disorder. Many of those people, like me, lead productive, happy lives.

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Jason Wahler

Jason Wahler Reflects on Making Amends to Lauren Conrad in Recovery: "It's Freeing"

Jason Wahler reconciled with his ex-girlfriend and former The Hills co-star Lauren Conrad as part of his recovery.

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Father's Day

You Are Not My Father

I had spent my whole life seeking certainty and security and this break exposed the foolhardiness of that quest. Here was the raw slate of rock bottom once again.

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Enabling

Mistakes I Made on My Journey Toward Self-Compassion

The emotional and physical abuse had cost me every last ounce of self-respect I had. But I refused to see myself as weak, a victim.

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Enabling

How I Stopped Hurting Myself in the Name of Love: Tales of a Recovering Enabler

The emotional and physical abuse had cost me every last ounce of self-respect I had. But I refused to see myself as weak, a victim.