How Gratifying Are Those Drinks, Anyway?

Maybe the questions I should’ve asked myself before the beginning of the end is this: What did I get out of drinking? Did it make my life better? Were my relationships better? Did drinking fill the void? The answer to all of those questions was no, but what still...

What the Dry January Challenge Can Mean to You?

For those of you new to Raising the Bottom, welcome! I’m here to educate, support, and tell it like it is when it comes to our drinking culture. I grew up in an alcoholic home (my mother), and in my late twenties, got sober. It’s the only disease that I know of...

3 Principles That Will Help You Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

True That…. How many of you reading this already have resolutions in mind that you want to make for the new Year? Next question is how many of you will follow through on the promises you make to yourself? The answer is obvious…, most of us say we will do this that and...

Is Your Drinking But a Symptom of a Bigger Void?

People are drinking more than ever, particularly millennials. Women especially, guzzle wine like crazy, and according to one article in The Fix, “Women are drinking twice as much wine as men.” So what’s going on? Why are so many women numbing...

5 Tips On How To Stay Sober During The Holidays

Holiday Drinking: The Green Light That Doesn’t Turn Red Again Until New Year’s Day The span between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be a challenging time for those who are trying to get sober, stay sober and even for those who want enjoy the holidays...

3 Things You Swear You’ll Never Do Again

Sure, it always starts our fun. Girl’s night out, woo-hoo. You deserve a night out with your friends, after all it’s been a long week of work and kids and you deserve to treat yourself. Who can argue with that? What happens for far too many women though, is that a...

Superwoman? She Doesn’t Live Here Any More

Where did the notion come from that any of us had to be superwoman? And why didn’t anyone tell us that wearing a cape  isn’t the answer? As if women don’t have enough to do, and then to heap that sort of expectation on our heads, is it any wonder more and more women...

Many Paths Lead to Recovery: Can We Stop All the Judging?

There is no shortage of misconceptions and hurt feelings swirling about when it comes to 12-step based recovery verses recovery from opiate abuse that extols the virtues of medication-assisted therapy. It doesn’t take but a few minutes of perusing the internet...