I’ve been on both sides: as the user, and the loved one staging an intervention. To quote a maxim I often heard at AA, relapse is part of recovery.
Carry a rocks glass, check in with a friend if you feel tempted, and other tips from expert partiers.
At first, online-only AA meetings seemed like an impossible challenge for the program’s structure. A year later, some members are hesitant to go back to the way it was.
While some people are not happy about being stuck at home with their parents who might’ve clamped down on their freedoms, I’m thankful for the lockdown for the very same reasons.
The day-to-day discomfort of quitting alcohol was so worth the future it made possible. I'm reminded of that feeling often as I stay home now.
Face-to-face meetings are a fundamental part of AA, but now they're happening virtually. Does it work?
"This research can be used to argue for stricter alcohol policy."
Kerala has seen one person dying of COVID-19 but seven dying by suicide after the alcohol ban.
Despite social distancing measures, liquor and weed stores remain open in most places. Closing them could result in severe health and social consequences, experts say.
For decades, critics have questioned the lack of clinical evidence behind AA's faith-based 12-step method.