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I Don’t Always Feel Relief After a 12-Step Meeting

By Kristance Harlow | August 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Why would someone continue to go to something that they don’t always like and don’t feel immediate relief from? I’m playing the long game.

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Letting Go of Control: How I Stopped Trying to Force Solutions

By Kristance Harlow | August 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Recognizing that I am not responsible for and cannot fix other people’s feelings is powerful; it frees up so much space and time for me to do my own healing and growing.

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Are the 12 Steps Safe for Trauma Survivors?

By Kristance Harlow | August 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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When the 4th and 5th steps are done without support for the symptoms of PTSD, they have the potential to retraumatize.

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What Is Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment?

By Kristance Harlow | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
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There is no one-size-fits-all solution; any list of evidence-based treatments is going to include a wide variety of approaches.

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How Does AA Work? A Review of the Evidence

By Kristance Harlow | March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
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AA is cloaked in misconceptions and mysticism: a society of “former drunks” who tout spirituality as a means to cure the chronic, genetic, and life-threatening disease of alcoholism.

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Addiction or Mental Illness: Which Should You Treat First?

By Kristance Harlow | March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Substance use can alter behaviors, moods, and personalities so severely for people with addiction that without specialized knowledge and experience, it’s difficult to determine underlying causes such as mental illness or trauma.

Is Dad Drinking Again?

By Kristance Harlow | October 2, 2018 | 2 Comments
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“Are you drinking again?” I said it. It was out. The question was with me only as long as I said it. I was trying to be casually supportive.

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I Just Want To Drink

By Kristance Harlow | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Now that I’m here, I really want a drink, but Alejandro won’t let me. I’m so nervous and anxious. Lost. My thoughts are circling, and I can’t stop the spiraling repetitiveness of my obsessions. I’m afraid.

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The Importance of Women’s Recovery Spaces

By Kristance Harlow | August 13, 2018 | 1 Comment
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I’ve heard rumors suggesting that women’s only recovery meetings are not good because they’re just “man-bashing.” This is unequivocally false; just because something isn’t for you doesn’t mean it is against you.

Is It Possible to Stay Clean Without Getting Sober?

By Kristance Harlow | April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
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For the purposes of this essay, clean is defined as being off “hard drugs” and sober is being off all drugs (alcohol included). Accepting these definitions, is it possible to stay clean without getting sober?

Find help for a crisis by texting, calling, or chatting online with these free crisis organizations. Looking for one outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

Crisis Text Line
Text: “HOME” to 741741

Suicide Lifeline
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
Call: 1-800-273-8255

Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-422-4453

The Trevor Project
Text “START” to 678678
1-866-488-7386

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call your local emergency number. The numbers listed here are the commonly used numbers for the stated region, the numbers can vary greatly depending on where you live. If you don't know your country's equivalent to 911, this wiki page and The Lifeline Foundation have comprehensive listings.

Americas

911

The Americas

Europe

112

Europe

Africa

112 & 999

Africa

Asia

112, 999, 110

Asia

Oceania

112, 911, 999, 111, & 000

Oceania

These online and international resources may help you anywhere you are located. Looking for local support outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

DV Support Abroad
Call toll-free worldwide
1-833-723-3833

I'm Alive Virtual Crisis Center
Live chat with trained volunteers

Crisis Connections
24/7 crisis support with interpretation in 155+ languages