So you want to cut down on or quit your drinking. Great! But what do you replace it with?

People drink for a lot of reasons — they like the taste, they enjoy the social aspects of drinking, they want the effects of alcohol on their mind and body, they have an alcohol use disorder, they’re bored … the list goes on and on. So it makes sense that when someone decides they want to try cutting back on their drinking or quitting drinking entirely, they are left with gaps that alcohol used to fill.

Let’s talk about some of the replacements for alcohol, for whatever reason you were drinking it:

Replacements for alcohol as a beverage

A lot of people drink alcohol because they…


Over the course of two pregnancies, I experienced two different medications — methadone and buprenorphine — in my medically-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

I gave birth to the older of my two daughters while taking methadone to treat addiction to heroin. By the time I had my second daughter, I had switched to buprenorphine. I’m not a treatment professional, but I am in a unique position to speak about my experiences with medically-assisted treatment (MAT) and pregnancy due to my experiences with the two dominant medications used by pregnant women in recovery.

This is part two in a three-part series about MAT and pregnancy. In part one, I discussed stigma and the likelihood of birthing an infant who experiences neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)…


It’s especially important for those with substance use disorders to get vaccinated against COVID.

The COVID-19 pandemic has parallels with substance use disorder: both have impacted populations globally, often fatally. While the nation has struggled to cope with the harsh realities of the pandemic — isolation, social distancing, and the tragic loss of loved ones — it has resulted in increased drug and alcohol use and fatal drug overdoses. To make matters worse, those with substance use disorders are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications, emphasizing the need for vaccination.

As a result, substance use disorders have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a significant risk factor…


With modern technology and science, it’s now possible to get PrEP for HIV via telemedicine. Here are answers to many of your questions about getting and using PrEP.

With the advancement of telemedicine, consulting a medical provider has never been easier. With a few clicks of a button, you can visit a medical professional either online or over the phone, whether that’s for digital addiction treatment or other harm reduction services, like accessing PrEP.

This article briefly explores what PrEP is, who it’s suitable for, the different types of PrEP, on-demand PrEP, and accessing PrEP online.

What is PrEP?

The term PrEP refers to pre-exposure prophylaxis. It refers to a medicine taken to prevent the transmission of HIV from drug use and sex. When taken as prescribed, it is highly effective…


For many in recovery, returning to socializing in person means once again navigating relationships and sobriety.

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in crisis and catharsis, grieving and growing all at once. While the world shuttered away in the interest of public and personal health, many leveraged the time alone as an opportunity to improve well-being, redefining what it meant to be alive.

These life evolutions are as diverse as the people themselves, but the one I bear witness to the most is the decision to limit or eliminate drinking alcohol.

As someone sober for a little over four years, the pandemic did not force me into a selective pod; it merely reinforced the one I had already…


For the 15.1 Million Americans struggling with alcohol use disorders, getting through summer social events like the Fourth of July without alcohol can be a challenge.

Whether you’re going to a party with friends or attending a family BBQ, we encourage everyone to utilize these six helpful tips and tricks that allow you to be the life of the party while avoiding alcohol (or other substances).

1. Go to the event prepared

Before going to the party, do some research. You can find tons of delicious recipes for mocktails and n on-alcoholic drink options online so you can enjoy your drink without the buzz! Not sure where to start? Workit has 17 mocktails to enjoy on any occasion.

2. Bring your own cup and cooler

Even when your loved ones are supportive, it can occasionally feel awkward to be…


It’s time to open our minds to recovery options beyond the traditional 12 steps and rehab!

Usually when people think about recovery, they think about AA and a 12-step program — probably because AA has been the dominant paradigm of recovery over the past century. While we now know that there are various ways to recover today, from innovative digital programs to other non-12-step mutual-aid meetings, there’s still a strong perception that recovery means church basements, black coffee, and telling sad stories. But that’s not the case for everyone. As the recovery movement gains increased presence we are seeing greater numbers of people queering recovery.

What does queering recovery mean?

Queering recovery, means (much like the queer experience) to think, act…


Upon getting sober, many people wonder what will happen to their dating life.

It’s so common to meet up at a bar for a first date, or to grab a glass of wine with dinner at a nice restaurant. In fact, most people don’t think twice about it. But now that you’re sober, you have to think about it. When you stop drinking, how do you keep dating?

The truth is that while possible, it can be tricky to navigate dating someone who is not sober. So here are a few pointers for dating someone who drinks if you are in recovery.

1. Be upfront and honest immediately

I’ve always believed that it’s important to know what you are…


Pride is more than just a party.

As each June rolls around, folx take this opportunity to celebrate being queer. However, often overlooked are the true meaning of Pride and the critical and life-threatening activism that got us to where we are today. I spoke to activist Shauntelle Hammonds about the importance of acknowledging the roots of Pride in our celebrations.

Q: We recently discussed Pride content and you mentioned that it’s important to highlight the real meaning of Pride. Can you expand on that?

Shauntelle: It started as a push back because of police police brutality — that’s kind of where it evolved from. Then it became the celebration thing, which is fine. It’s cool to celebrate yourself and to celebrate us and our community. But we also have to…


Summer has finally arrived and temperatures are starting to rise!

I immediately think of barbecues, camping, baseball games, soccer games, swimming, and patio brunches. But I also think of craft beer, bloody marys, mimosas, and margaritas. It really is hard for me not to associate these activities with alcohol. What are you supposed to do when you are trying to limit your drinking, or trying to abstain from alcohol completely?

Stick with like-minded people

We all know that one person whose sole goal is to get wasted. Once they achieve that goal, they start pushing others to drink. This can be a very difficult situation to deal with. Hanging out with supportive people is…

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