The College Party That’s Actually Sober

by Caren on March 4, 2015

party-sober-2I drank plenty in college. Now I have two kids in college, a freshman and a senior, and I know they are doing the same. Rite of passage, way to unwind, liquid courage, social bonding–whatever the reason, legal or not, there is plenty of boozing taking place on college campuses across the country. Hard to believe but not everyone wants to get drunk in college.

When I read “Not the Usual Party (This One’s Sober),” by Jennifer Conlin, in last Sunday’s New York Times, I was relieved to discover that there are a growing number of college groups offering alternatives for kids who want to be and stay sober. There are, writes Conlin, 135 Collegiate Recovery communities on campuses in the U.S, and “While they vary in size from small student-run organizations to large embedded university programs, the aim is the same: to help students stay sober while also thriving in college.”

At places like University of Michigan, Texas Tech and Rutgers University, students can have access to substance-free living, lounges, parties, sober tailgates, dance parties, study groups and a trip with recovery students from other colleges called “Clean Break.” Drinking and college may be historically synonymous–now’s the time to think out of the box.

 

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And the winner is…

by Caren February 18, 2015

Thanks to those of you who submitted comments for our book giveaway. The winner of the copy of Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping by Laura Zinn Fromm is SORI SCOTT.

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Book Giveaway: “Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping”

by Caren February 11, 2015

The recently published book, Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping (Greenpoint Press), by Laura Zinn Fromm, is a collection of essays that is part memoir, part cookbook. Trying to find comfort in a family fraught with mental illness, Laura weaves together stories about food and family, food and friendship, food and pain, food and life. […]

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When “Mommy needs a drink” Isn’t Funny Anymore

by Caren October 13, 2014

I recently came across a piece that was published last year, yet seems as important and relevant as ever. Originally published on Salon, and written by Leslie Garrett, the piece describes the author’s experience as both the daughter of an alcoholic and a new, tired, stressed-out mother, and how those jokes about mommy’s drinking can be deeper […]

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An Excerpt From “Drunk Mom: A Memoir” by Jowita Bydlowska

by Leah July 16, 2014

Below is an excerpt from Jowita Bydlowska’s memoir, DRUNK MOM. While at first, I found the book unsettling for its close-up perspective of a woman as she hits rock bottom, as I continued to read, I began to appreciate and admire her raw honesty. Don’t let the book’s title fool you. In The New York […]

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