Sober Stories: Lindsey

What led you to get sober? Almost two years ago, after a really heated argument with my boyfriend, I woke up the next morning and had this epiphany. I thought, “Lindsey, if you keep repeating these same negative patterns, you’re always going to end up where you are right now. It’s never going to go…

What are Nicotine Cessation Programs?

Substance use disorders and cigarette addiction commonly co-occur. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reports of past-month smoking are three times higher among people in addiction treatment than in the general population.[1] Nicotine cessation programs in addiction treatment tackle the substance and the cigarette addiction at the same time. There…

Are We Powerless or Empowered in Recovery?

In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the first step is: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” In this context, being powerless means you can’t drink in a controlled way. Many of us tried again and again to moderate our drinking or drug use before accepting we had no control over them.…