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My name is Mary Ellin and I write about addiction and recovery. Every onc..
I am very grateful for the sheer number of sobriety sayings, and the wide variety of contingencies they cover. There’s even a proverb ..read more
One of the most essential actions in staying sober is to remind ourselves from time to time what it felt like to hit bottom on alcohol or ..read more
I am certain that some if not many of my readers are fans of the classic sitcom Seinfeld. If you are, you may recall that it was referred ..read more
We hear a lot about self-care in recovery.  One of our most popular sayings tells us to  “never get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired ..read more
If there is one saying I’ve heard in recovery that is more fundamental than any other in guiding me toward good sober behavior it is ..read more
Recovery wisdom is so abundant that it is hard to find a conundrum or even a time of year for which there is no appropriate sober saying. ..read more
There are some sober sayings with which I struggle mightily. I want to follow their wise advice and yet find I cannot. For instance: “We ..read more
I used to be a black-belt blamer. It was a skill I honed growing up as one of four siblings.  Every so often our parents would catch us ..read more
Yesterday afternoon, as I traveled by taxi and train to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration, I was imagining a sequel to the film “ ..read more
Recently, as I related in a previous post, my recovery fellowship lost a young and very beautiful friend to suicide. At a memorial in ..read more

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