Zero Proof is a biweekly podcast featuring writers Shelley Mann Hite and Jackie Mantey. On each episode, these two former journalism colleagues/ bar buddies read and discuss one book about sobriety, self-growth, or surviving—and then thriving—in spaces that profit when we numb ourselves, from ourselves.❤️

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Up next: We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life by Laura McKowen

What to expect: An uplifting story that reframes the struggle of surviving substance abuse by former HOME podcast co-host and sobriety movement leader Laura McKowen

What could possibly be ‘lucky’ about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees. As she puts it, she ‘kicked and screamed…wishing for something, anything, else’ to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky. 

But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that ‘those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.’ 

Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of AA, and other people’s drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of recovery, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating shame.”

We Are The Luckiest

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