Triggers. Or, No You Didn’t Make Me Drink, So Stop Thinking You Did.

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Steve Murray believes that as an alcoholic, there’s only one reason he drinks. And it’s not you.

Dear John: Bad Dad Wants Back Into Their Lives

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A father who left wants back into his daughters’ lives, a once violent boyfriend when he drank, and a foul-mouthed, angry little league father.

“People tend to have more success replacing harmful drugs with less harmful drugs than avoiding them all together cold turkey.”

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If you’ve ever been addicted to something, were you able to break the addiction completely? Or did you end up just changing the object of your addiction?

“I go to AA to hear other’s experience, strength, ideas and to share my own.”

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If you are a teetotaler, what things have helped you stay sober? If you aren’t a teetotaler, what helps you say in control of your drinking habits?

Unfinished Symphony: A Memoir Excerpt

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A daughter recalls her father’s ragged oaths, then the gentle, intelligent voice letters penned from the other side of the world.

Where You Came From

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These things don’t always work, says Mother. Where do you think your sister came from?

What is an Addict?

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A new broader D.S.M. definition stirs up anger and relief in equal measure.