The Fix – addiction and recovery, straight up

AA Cults I Have Known Alcoholics Anonymous has long been vulnerable to a creeping fundamentalism with cult-like tendencies. One longtime member recounts his brushes with some pernicious corruptions of the fellowship. Don’t drink it. Art: Danny Jock By Benjamin Aldo A couple of years ago I went to the Atlantic Group in New York. It was springtime, […]

Addiction: A Neurological Disorder

  Addiction is a neurologica Addiction: A Neurological Disorderly based disease. For many years recovery specialists have compared alcoholism or addictions to a physical disease: like diabetes. In reality addictions are more closely related to a neurological disorder like Tourette’s Syndrome* than they are to diabetes. If the problems you suffer stem from severe alcoholism or […]

The Culture of Alcoholics Anonymous Perpetuates Sexual Abuse

MENTAL HEALTH By Elizabeth Brown,  10 2017, 3:57pm  I still believe in the foundation of AA because it did save my life and help me get sober almost ten years ago,” says Adrian Wilson. She tells me she had been in the program for six years when she met a man at an Alcoholics Anonymous barbecue hosted […]

Quit Smoking Advice – Allen Carr

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov.

  The less people tolerated us, the more we withdrew from society, from life itself. As we became subjects of King Alcohol, shivering denizens of his mad realm, the chilling vapor that is loneliness settled down. It thickened, ever becoming blacker. Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship and approval. […]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a pattern of physical and mental defects that can develop in a fetus in association with high levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. About the Effect of Alcohol on the Fetus Alcohol can disrupt fetal development at any stage during a pregnancy — including at the earliest stages and before […]

Women in recovery

Artwork by Sadie Solagnier. Women Alcoholics have many odds stacked against them. Physically alcohol affects them differently than it does men and society judges women more harshly than it does a man. Worst of all, men in AA generally do not treat alcoholic women as they would treat their own. Physical issues Women Alcoholics face […]