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The Fix Editor's Picks: Living Sober

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Our Living Sober section is a space where our writers share personal experiences, give guidance and advice or just rant about recovery. Here are some of the latest.

 

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SLIP// A Day by Any Other Number...

I tried smoking medical marijuana for my anxiety disorder but it made my symptoms worse and I stopped. The AA ideas came rushing back: "Does this mean I'm not sober anymore?"

By Deanna de Bara

 

ADAPTING// How I Stayed Sober When I Felt Unwelcome in 12-Step Meetings

I felt uncomfortable and alone in meetings in my new country. Here are 8 ways I supported my recovery.

By Olivia Pennelle

 

FOR SHAME// The Secret Power of Shame

As a child, I couldn't figure out a reason for my father's rage, so what my mind couldn't grasp, my soul embraced: I deserved it.

By RJ Handley

 

LOVE LOST// My First Sober Heartbreak

Didn’t he realize that nobody would ever love him the way I did? Was it because I was an addict? Didn’t he realize that it’s because I’m an addict that I love so hard?

By Amy Dresner

 

RISKS// Drinking as Self-Harm

When I can only see the world through foggy glasses, the urge to destroy myself by drinking again becomes an enticing option.

By Kristance Harlow

 

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7a202b250a42effa1444455bc/images/b3968f7b-49c4-4fc5-a8c4-7f228107cee8.pngLABELS// 5 Better Questions to Ask Than ‘Am I An Alcoholic?’

Your drinking could be trying to tell you something about your life, something that needs to change, or a trauma that hasn’t healed.

By Sam Dylan Finch

 

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Two Americans

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Genuine and mutual admiration: Bob Dylan shakes President Barack Obama’s hand following his performance at the “In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement” concert in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 9, 2010. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Public Domain

 

  • We may have Bob Dylan in our iTunes but we need to listen to James Comey too. More of his testimony is certain to emerge, and hopefully because of it we’ll see the call for legislative action and structural reform to prevent a recurrence of 2016’s electoral fiasco. Comey’s going to spill his guts and it’s about saving our America.
  • Listen to Dylan’s lecture too. Same deal.

Madeleine Burnside, Huff Post 

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Check out the players! Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey (left), alongside President Barack Obama (center) and outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller (right) at Comey’s nomination to become the Seventh Director of the FBI, 26 September 2013 (Credit: FBI)

06/10/2017 | Two Americans “testified” this week: Bob Dylan and James Comey. Two very different men: a counter-culture Lefty icon and the former Director of the FBI. Different generations—Dylan was born in 1941, just as the U.S. entered World War II, and Comey in 1960, just as the Vietnam War was escalating. An old hippie and a suit; theoretically they would have little in common.

In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” It was a surprising pick, and the Swedish Academy’s first acknowledgement of song.

Madeleine Burnside , Editor,  The Sanity Papers

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No, We Can’t Rely On The Special Counsel To Uncover The Cover-Up

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  • There’s no guarantee that Mueller will be allowed to complete his investigation, or that his findings will be disclosed if he does.
  • If we want real answers, it’s up to an engaged public (to) force Congress and the press to keep pushing for the truth.
  • Related: Constitutional Crisis

Philip Rotner, Huffington Post 

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/209360/thumbs/s-SCALES-OF-JUSTICE-large.jpg 06/12/2017 | In the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week, we’re hearing a lot of people say that it’s time to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller sort it all out. Everything else is “just noise.” This is coming primarily from Republicans, but it is also a line we hear regularly from the cable television talking heads.

The idea is that when the special counsel, with all of his investigatory and prosecutorial powers, finishes his investigation and writes his report, we will find out definitively whether President Trump, or those around him, broke laws, obstructed justice, or simply lied and acted unethically.

Philip RotnerHuffington Post  Contributor,  is an attorney and an engaged citizen who has spent over 40 years practicing law. 

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Constitutional Crisis, Ruth Conniff <info@progressive.org>, the Progressive <progressive.org>

  • Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

Susan Matthews, Slate

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gif May 31, 2017 | One terrible game to play during this presidency is to assess the actual cost of the damage Donald Trump will have wrought by the time he’s done being president. How many people will lose their health insurance? How many Americans will be blocked from voting? How many hate crimes will we endure?

The president’s failure to acknowledge or address climate change ranks high in the catastrophic-Trump-decisions Olympics. Failure to act—or worse, acting to exacerbate—climate change could have lasting implications for the entire planet. It’s true that the train may be out of the station when it comes to avoiding climate change altogether, but we can still attempt to mitigate and alleviate the worst of the effects. In that context, Trump’s almost-guaranteed decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the most promising global initiative addressing climate change, seems like a big deal. 

Susan Matthews is Slate’s science editor.

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4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose? Nicole D'Alessandro, EcoWatch 

  • What would the future look like if we took drastic action to cut emissions—or no action at all?
  • We can choose our own ending to this story. Which way will it go?
  • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters

 

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