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Participating in Online Support Groups

Participating in Online Support Groups

Twelve Step groups have been online since the dawn of the internet. I joined my first sober “BBS” (bulletin board system) meeting in early 1995. We shared experience, strength and hope via group emails. The internet was brand new, and it was exciting to be talking...
Explaining Addiction

Explaining Addiction

I grew up the son of two college professors. We were a family that valued science and reason and learning. For my parents, the key to solving a problem was understanding it. If you knew “why” you were feeling a certain way, you could figure out how to change it. This...
Politics and Sobriety Don’t Mix—Do They?

Politics and Sobriety Don’t Mix—Do They?

Whether you’re brand new to sobriety or you’ve been around a while, you’ve surely noticed that we live in a remarkable time. Although twelve-step groups never take a stance on outside issues, it’s common sense to acknowledge that politics today are more divisive and...