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Tags: women’s health

Are You Anonymous?

  I re-watched Anonymous People last night. Is it just me or does it need an update?   It reminded me of the conversations I have had recently with folks who are new to sobriety and full of piss and vinegar. They talk about how they plan to tell the world they are sober and proud. […]

Today You Will Stop Drinking!

  Every morning of my adult life, I have woken up and given myself instructions that I almost never follow. “Today you will only eat leafy greens.” I mandate or “You are going to push your cuticles back in the shower.” I don’t know why I do it. It’s like I set myself up to fail. For […]

Happy, Happy, Happy Sober

Happy, Happy, Happy Sober

  I work in a women’s addiction treatment center. But I don’t actually work there. You will remember photographs of my office, with the uber-chic Eames plywood side chairs (a double treat for any office because they are beautiful and sculptural but also nothing anyone would want to lounge on and chitchat for long…). I do get […]

When You Wake the Ghost

When You Wake the Ghost

  I had a conversation last week, with a young woman who had fallen off the wagon. She said, “I feel so horrible. So guilty. I feel like I have to start all over.”   I tried to come up with the right words for her. I know that like other chronic diseases, addiction involves cycles of relapse […]